October 20, 2019

Teaching Now: Thinking Deeper with Primary Sources

This is a guest post from Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. I originally learned about the TPS-Barat Primary Source Thinking Triangle through Martha Kohl of the Montana Historical Society. I loved it! I work with K-6 students and many of them struggle academically so I am always looking for new ways to scaffold their learning. My students used the thinking triangle to think deeper about a primary source and to … [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...]

Learning from the Source: Capturing Character on Camera

The Today in History section for July 10 features Jelly Roll Morton, one of jazz music's primary influences. From 1938 to 1948, William P. Gottlieb took over 1600 photographs of celebrated jazz artists. Carl Van Vechten also took a similar number of photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. The Library has two great resources for learning about the art of photography and how photographers capture and present a music performer's character on camera, which we … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright

There is a lot of talk about copyright today. If you'd like some resources to help explain the development of copyright law and how it works, head over to the Library of Congress online Teachers section or just click the links below. Copyright Exposed video (Adobe Flash player required) Copyright timeline Brief History of Copyright in the United States U.S. Copyright Office Copyright law FAQ for students Steps to register a copyright Copyright and Primary Sources Q&A for … [Read more...]