September 23, 2017

Teaching Now: Using the Primary Source Analysis Tool

This is a guest post from Barbara Evans, a middle school language arts teacher at Holden Elementary in Chicago, Illinois. After working with TPS-Barat during the past year as part of the Chicago Public Schools Social Science Academy, I was excited to use primary sources in our literature studies. The primary source analysis tool is a great resource that I decided to tweak to meet the needs of my students. As you can see from the photo above, I changed the column headers from Observe, Reflect … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Shifting Perspectives of Iran

Enduring Understandings* Politics is a process to determine who governs and for what purposes. Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues. Different perspectives affect the interpretation of history. Activity Have students collaborate to compare and contrast how visual and text sources have described and depicted the country of Iran over time. Sources Maps/infographics Iran, ethnic distribution, created 2004 by the United States Central … [Read more...]

Chicago Public Schools Fall 2013 Train-the-Trainer Cohort

Barat Education Foundation invites Chicago Public School (CPS) middle and high school teachers, grades 6-12, as well as network instructional leaders and teacher librarians (K-8, 6-8, or 9-12), to participate in the Fall 2013 cohort of the TPS-Barat Train-the-Trainer program (TPS-Barat TTT). This cohort will run through December, 2013. The application deadline is September 4, 2013. Program Overview The TPS-Barat TTT program focuses on two key areas. The program trains educators how to … [Read more...]

Featured Source: School strike

The image caption says there is "a group of children and a woman". Which is the woman? How do you know? One child in this image is different than the rest. What is different about this child? Use Google Maps or Google Earth to find the location of the Tilden School. Describe what you find at this intersection today. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

TPS-Barat Opens Spring 2013 Train-the-Trainer Cohort for CPS

Barat Education Foundation invites Chicago Public School (CPS) middle and high school teachers, grades 6-12, as well as network instructional leaders and teacher librarians (K-8, 6-8, or 9-12), to participate in the Spring 2013 cohort of the TPS-Barat Train-the-Trainer program (TPS-Barat TTT). This cohort will run from March through June, 2013. Program Overview The TPS-Barat TTT program focuses on two key areas. The program trains educators how to access and use freely available Library of … [Read more...]