January 5, 2022

Teaching Now: QFT with a Primary Source

First draft vs final drafts This is a guest post from Alyssa Park, a fourth-grade teacher at Scarselli Elementary School in Nevada. My main goals as a teacher are to make sure students leave my classroom bursting with curiosity and with greater self-confidence as learners. I also want them to know how to ask the right questions, how to decide on an action plan to get the information they need, and how to reflect on the work they’ve done. In my second year as a teacher, I learned about the … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Right Question Institute

The Right Question Institute (RQI) is an educational nonprofit that aims to make democracy work better by teaching a strategy that allows all people to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions that affect them. RQI’s education program offers online courses and free resources on the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a practical yet transformational strategy that teaches students how to ask, improve upon, and pursue their own questions.  In collaboration … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Innovative Ideas to Teach Social Studies Skills

The April 5, 2021 #sschat—a moderated Twitter chat using the #sschat hashtag—was chock full of innovative ideas to teach social studies skills from educators across the country. Here is how the group defines itself on the #sschat website. #sschat is more than a hashtag, it’s an open group of dedicated network of educators and enthusiasts who aim to improve their personal, and our collective, teaching of social studies subject matter. We aim to help social studies teachers by helping to … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Joy Harjo

On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said: Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry—‘soul talk’ as she calls it—for over four decades. To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with … [Read more...]

CARE Teaching and Learning Certificate Program

Creating Authentic, Responsive and Engaged Learning in a Remote Situation Below are recordings of four free webinars held April 21, 23, 28, 30, 2020. If you attended any webinar and didn't receive the submission link to get CPDU/CEU credit, send an email. Any educator who watches all four webinars can earn a micro-credential certificate in Innovative Remote Teaching Practices with Civic-Mindedness by completing the following: for each webinar, write a 200-word essay detailing how you will … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Using Primary Sources from the Library of Congress through Distance Learning

 In case you weren't able to make it, or just want to watch it again, here is the recorded webinar hosted by inquirED and featuring TPS consortium partners from NCSS, the Right Question Institute and the TPS Eastern Region. After, access all the resources from this fantastic webinar. Related resources Teaching Now: Zooming In on the Benefits of Primary Source Analysis Using Google Forms Integrating Tech: Zoom-in to Primary Source Analysis Tech Tool: Creating a Google Form … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: TPS Civics Interactives

Engage K-12 students with primary source learning through these online interactives focused on civics. Bean Creative Case Maker features twenty pre-made civics challenges that teachers can share with their middle school students, or customize and annotate specifically for their needs. targeted to grades 6-8 Fablevision Civics! An American Musical has students use Library primary sources to create a smash Broadway musical hit that is historically accurate and celebrates the … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Early Elementary (K-2) Image Analysis Choice Board

This choice board is targeted to K-2 students. They may use images found in the home; in newspapers, magazines or books; on television (if there is a pause feature); or online to complete the activities and may write or record (audio or video) their responses. If students have online access, below are several links to a variety of image sets. You may allow them to browse and choose images or you may curate your own set for them to use. Children image sets Children Children & … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Online Office Hours for Education

From the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog: The Library of Congress is open to all for online office hours on education resources and learning ideas using Library collections. For the next months, join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 ET at https://locgov.webex.com/meet/kblack. Each session will include a 20-minute presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers with Library education experts. Please send questions in advance via Twitter @TeachingLC. Tuesday, March … [Read more...]