An educational blog for teachers and students.

Common core
Posted on January 24, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
Teaching speaking

January is a month of studying presidents, historical speeches and influential speakers in my middle school classroom.  Each year, I take this opportunity to develop my students’ public speaking skills; but it is no small feat.  My students’ shyness and anxiety are obstacles I and other educators face when teaching speaking, and inside you’ll see I’ve gathered some helpful sites with plenty of ideas to overcome issues and manage speech instruction in a classroom setting.

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History
Posted on January 8, 2014 by Alan Haskvitz
MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day offers not only an excellent way to help students understand his legacy, but also to learn about civil disobedience, civil rights, science, the Constitution, and much more. You can also tie the following free resources with Common Core lessons.

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Social studies
Posted on September 6, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
Constitution Day
Since 2005, federal law has required that schools receiving federal funds teach about the Constitution on its Sept. 17 anniversary.  You can find lots of resources online; however, you have to be wary of sites with hidden agendas.  The material in the post is free of such influences.

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History
Posted on September 3, 2013 by Alan Haskvitz
9 11 Lessons and Links
September 11 will mark the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and it’s worth the time to make it a teachable moment.  Read inside for more information.

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Computers
Posted on April 19, 2012 by Alan Haskvitz
Skype: A You-Are-There Teaching Tool
As a teacher, I’m always on the lookout for lesson ideas and fresh material to serve up to my class.  I’ve used Skype on many occasions and I feel it is a great free tool to use to bring education to life in real time.  My class has talked to many different individuals, like writers and artists.  We’ve also Skyped with other classrooms across the country.  The list I put together is a great place to start if you’re looking for new ways of teaching using Skype and a new perspective on some of your current lessons.

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