Thomas Stanley's Blog – May 2019 Archive (4)

Engaging Students in the Social Studies Classroom.

One of the greatest activities of a teacher’s life is to see students engaged in the subject matter. Watching your students focus on the key concepts of social studies and having to use the facts to justify their ideas is just an amazing experience. Recently, one of my former students thanked me for getting him turned on to learning social studies, I told him my job is to light the fire, yours is to make it happen. By the way he has, a state senator, U.S. Ambassador, and more. That…


Added by Thomas Stanley on May 15, 2019 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Developing a critical thinking mentality – using the controversy of key decisions.

      Have you ever asked your kids or grandkids the question, “How was school today?” There answer is almost always, “BORING!” Here’s an idea that just might change that answer. A lot has been written recently about the importance of getting your students to do critical thinking. Whether you are reading TeachThought, Edutopia, or We are Teachers it all calls for students to take the next step in learning. The goal of this article is to help teachers understand the process of critical…


Added by Thomas Stanley on May 15, 2019 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Making Current Events a Critical Thinking Activity

Making Current Events a Critical Thinking Activity


We have all done it as social studies teachers on Fridays’ in a current events article….a” bring newspaper article or magazine article about our town, state, national or international events. Be sure to read it over and then discuss it with the class or in a small group. It was a dry assignment and the kids did not like it or really learn from it. So how do you change this to make it  a fun experience. Over the last few years…


Added by Thomas Stanley on May 15, 2019 at 7:24am — No Comments

Five Points of the Star--a complete guide to online and blended learning.

     Both the online and the face-to-face classroom need to be places where students experience a wide range of learning. A process called the 5 Points of the Star was created to do just this. While I was helping to build the Clark County School District's Virtual High School and working extensively in the blended learning classroom, I believed that students needed a wide range of learning as a part of an online experience. Because of the new developments in educational technology it is an…


Added by Thomas Stanley on May 15, 2019 at 7:21am — No Comments


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