Truman Library’s Teacher Appreciation Event

Truman Library’s Teacher Appreciation Event
September 10
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The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invite you to the 2015 Teacher Appreciation Night on September 10. This year’s theme is Field Trip Boot Camp – it’s a special night to say “thank you” for all you do, and also to connect you to some of Kansas City’s most engaging and memorable educational experiences available.

Enjoy appetizers and beverages; learn about educational programs at museums and historic sites around the region; get information about available scholarships and transportation grants; enjoy an encore performance by Jay Mehta, Kansas City’s National History Day Gold Medalist; and celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII with a private viewing of a special document on short-term loan from the National Archives – Emperor Hirohito’s Rescript ordering the Japanese to surrender to the Allies.

Registration is open to educators and exhibitors and includes admission to all permanent and temporary exhibitions at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

Free handouts and giveaways from educational exhibitors!

Get the full info here.

Low On Devices? Plick this App!

Photo on 8-27-15 at 12.34 PMI was recently introduced to an awesome piece of technology that allows you gather real-time data when giving formative assessments.  Plickers (paper/clickers) is a mobile app linked to the Plickers website that gives teachers the ability to test students using mobile devices, even if they don’t have any devices for their students.   Continue reading Low On Devices? Plick this App!

Fall 2015 KCSS Newsletter

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We hope your school year has gotten off to a great start!

There’s a ton of stuff going on this fall. Head over and get the details at our online newsletter.

Need a few teasers?

  • The Judy Cromwell KCSS Teacher of the Year Award program has been revived. Know a great social studies teacher? We’ll be selecting teachers in all three grade levels – they’ll walk away with all sorts of goodies including a $500 cash prize.
  • We’re looking for a few state social studies conference presenters that can share how they’re integrating literacy standards into their instruction.
  • You’ll find info on a professional learning opportunity focused on the upcoming state assessment.

Have a great fall!

5 ways to start the year

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I hate to be the one to bring this up but . . . mmm . . . school starts soon. I know many of you are going back to classrooms next week with kids making their appearance soon after. And it’s always nice to have a few tips and tricks in your backpack to start off the school year. What discipline-specific activities work best for kicking off the year?

So today? The fifth annual Five Ways to Start the School Year in a Social Studies Classroom post. Use what you can. Adapt what you can’t. Add your own ideas in the comments. Continue reading 5 ways to start the year

“Coach” should not be an insult. Take pride in all aspects of being an educator

coach shortQ:  What is the most common first name of social studies teachers throughout Kansas?
A:  Coach

We all know the old cliche that social studies is the content discipline for those educators who don’t want to teach PE but also don’t want to teach a “real” subject like science or math.  We can imagine their idea of a perfect lesson: assigning students text to read out of the book, followed by a worksheet of basic, low-level questions, and ending with a full-length movie while they plan their next practice. We expect them to play favorites with their specific athletes and put all of their intellectual time and effort into their respective sport.

I’m not convinced the cliche is entirely accurate.

Perhaps I was fortunate during my time at the University of Kansas where my core group of prospective social studies teachers took a relatively strong interest in the content area we were studying.  Some of us were coaches, some of us were not.  Yet nearly all of us were able to engage in thoughtful debate covering a wide range of serious, intellectually stimulating topics.  So I did not really face the coaching cliché until two summers ago. Continue reading “Coach” should not be an insult. Take pride in all aspects of being an educator