20 Hands-On Ways For Kids to Learn Map Skills

Even though many of us view maps on phone apps over paper these days, kids still need good map skills. Fortunately, the same basic concepts apply for virtual and paper maps. Here are some of our favorite engaging ways to teach kids skills like keys, grids, the compass rose, and more.

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1. Read a map book

Storytime is the perfect way to introduce new concepts like map skills to little ones. Here are a few of our favorite

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Do History Books Adequately Reflect People of Color? Most Educators Say Yes – Teaching Now

Most educators think that history textbooks do a pretty good job of portraying the experiences of people of color, according to a survey by the EdWeek Research Center.

The new results arrive as the country is wrestling with questions about the way racial inequity shapes key institutions, including policing and schools.

EdWeek surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,150 teachers, principals, and district leaders June 17 and 18 about the history textbooks they use in their schools. The survey asked them to characterize how well their textbooks reflect the experiences of people of color. Seven in 10 said their textbooks

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High School Photography Lessons Inspire Students to Do Social Good

“Who am I? What do I care about? How can I make a difference?”

Teens continually attempt to figure out their place in the world. As teachers, we can make a profound impact as our students learn and develop. We can guide those in our classrooms to use their passion, creativity, and energy to make a difference in the world. And now there’s a new resource, created by the Getty Museum, to help teachers do just that. The Getty Unshuttered Teacher Portal is a cross-curricular resource that provides high school teachers with free lessons that inspire students to raise their

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What Culture Day Gets Wrong—And What to Do Instead

It’s a time-honored school tradition—a day of food and fun celebrating all the cultures represented at your school. Mexican folkloric dance! Korean hanbok fashion show! Spanikopita taste-testing! Unfortunately, however well-intentioned, Culture Day is a misguided effort. And, as you’ll see, these events often having the opposite of their intended effect.

I say all this acknowledging that I’ve participated in plenty of culture fairs at school. I’ve staffed booths at PTA events for countries I’ve visited (*cringes*). I even orchestrated an entire Amazing Race where students experienced music, food, and holidays from around the world. But I had a wake-up call

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