Presidential Inaugurations Through A Primary Source Lens

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Presidential inaugurations are one of the United States of America’s oldest traditions. They are a founding ceremony of our democracy. Studying inaugurations through a primary source lens is an engaging and at times fascinating classroom activity.  General resources for inaugural primary sources abound. The Library of Congress contains a wealth of resources on every presidential … read more »


Virtual Inauguration? Create a Virtual Lesson with Bitmojis!

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The Constitution initially established March 4 as Inauguration Day in the United States. This date allowed enough time for an orderly transition of power and for all newly-elected candidates to travel to the capital. In 1933, after advances in communication and transportation made the long wait until March unnecessary, the date moved to January 20 … read more »


Bring Letter Writing into Your Classroom: Here’s How

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“To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.”Phyllis Theroux When is the last time you wrote a letter using paper and pencil? For many of us, it has been quite a long time. The art of letter writing is under assault from easy access to email … read more »


Building a Culturally Sensitive Remote Classroom

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Teachers and students were thrust into remote learning situations with little to no preparation at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Many instructional programs were able to carry over the  relationships and routines established in the physical classroom to the online environment. Teachers worldwide worked to keep the connections established in face-to-face experiences in … read more »


Celebrate Bill of Rights Day December 15th!

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December 15 is Bill of Rights Day! Students should be aware of what the Bill of Rights is and how it applies to their lives. What better way to make that happen than to celebrate this day in your classroom?!  There are many resources available to teachers to celebrate this day. The Bill of Rights … read more »