Changed the name of this series, because some of these aren’t blogs. Added some headings too, so it’s slightly more organized.
Education and Schools
Is it ever okay for students to swear in class?
How to build historical empathy among students, and have them judge past decisions in the context of the times (this specific example focuses on Rasputin, and how to develop a sense of period for the end of Czarist Russia)
There’s been a few posts from the last couple weeks, on how the implementation of new teaching ideas can be divorced from the original intentions; Mark Enser helps keep us on track by prompting us to think about the ‘why’
I, too, am trying to improve my subject knowledge
Four steps students can follow to think like fact-checkers for online article and sources; as well, a recent news story has given credence to the importance of teaching history and the use of historical evidence
An excellent explanation of the different levels of feedback and how they can be used in the classroom
And while you’re thinking about feedback, reflect on whether formative assessment should look like the summative assessment, or read about how the Big History Project suggests their assessments be used
Knowledge is power, but maybe kindness should be our focus instead
Using the Pareto principle to decide which knowledge to teach
Research on how the use of prequestions helps students retain information
Reading and Writing
Ideas for sourcing embedded non-fiction
Perspective on a career as a columnist
The role of standard English and dialects in the classroom
Does extended writing lead to complex thinking?
Geography, History and Politics
Do you think of gravel as a resource? You will by the end of this article.
Lots of articles inspired by the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses to a church door, including on divisions in Christianity today, Martin Luther’s body type, and how Martin Luther went viral
How the image of kamikaze pilots has changed over time in Japan, and two kamikaze pilots reflect on the experience
In the age of computer translation, you should still learn another language
North Korea as a hangover from the twentieth century
Importance of the invention of the stirrup
Other Interesting Things
The story behind the Pixar movie Up
Upsides and drawbacks to listening to podcasts
An explanation as to why shooting fish in a barrel is so easy