Achieve your ed-PD New Year Resolution with an @pbsteachers online course –
My course: RDLA235-Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits- starts Wednesday, 01/16/2019 – and runs through February 26, 2019.
Graduate credit offered too! Enroll at this link: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/catalog/
Click this Link for the AP News Story
Click on the link for a Common Core correlated study guide from the Library of Congress —common_core LOC-1osmerk
Common Core Standards:
ELA, History, 6-8, 9: Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.
Key Ideas and Details:
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
Craft and Structure:
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.
More posts referencing Primary Sources
Our PBS course concluded last night and, even after 12 years of course facilitation, I miss you all.
Here, I make my pitch for dedicated educators, parents (and especially parents who are educators!) to get very involved in your local school politics. The school board, the local teacher representation board, the local PTA are excellent ways to navigate your local education system and provide your expertise.
All: please consider yourself nominated by me, for your next level of educational service!!
Dr. T 🙂
THE Library of Congress scares up October 31st fun with “Frankenreads,” a public read-athon of Marry Shelley’s “Frankenstein” now 200 years young!
The reading begins at 9:00 am at the Library of Congress. It is open to everybody.
There is also a livestream so you and your students can join the fun virtually. Check out the live-stream @ the LOC’s YouTube site:
Classroom Activities During the live stream:
- Students can listen and read along
- Students can listen for a few minutes at a time and then complete a Think-Pair-Share
- Students can create a word cloud of key terms
- (Older) Students can live-tweet to the Library of Congress during the read-athon. The event hashtag is
- Studenst can draw a continuous mural or desktop mural while listening during the read-athon
- … Share your ideas!
More Halloween Posts
Bring the spookiness of Halloween to your classroom all month with science, math, and social studies resources for all grades on PBS LearningMedia-
Carve Halloween Into Your Lesson Planning– Halloween is a great time for teachers to encourage children’s imagination and creativity. Explore a collection that offers PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into your classroom. Explore Collection–PBS Learning Media Lesson Plans Link
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PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.
In the cyclical nature of online courses, it can be a full semester or a year between administrations of the same course.
Before each administration, it is imperative to check external links to content.
This used to be an mind-numbing exercise.
Within the Canvas LMS, there is a tool to automatically check external links. It’s called the Link Validation Tool.
Here is the path: Go to Settings (course navigation list at very bottom) & then choose “Validate Links in Context” & then “Start Link Validation.”
More Up Close & Canvas Posts
PBS LearningMedia is excited to announce an improved site design and user experience, making our resources easier than ever for teachers like you to find and integrate into your curriculum. These new features, which are based on feedback from educators nationwide, include: a refreshed look and feel, the ability to easily browse by curriculum area, standards and grade bands, improved search functionality, and easier access to resources from your local PBS station. Explore the Site
September 6th is National Read a Book Day!! Happy NRaB Day, Page Turners!!
Celebrate National Read a Book Day and vote for your favorite novels on The Great American Read from PBS (now through Oct 18). You can vote daily. Learn more at this link: http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ and these hashtags:
There are four ways to vote: online, on Twitter or Facebook, by SMS, and, beginning September 11th, by phone. To vote online, click the vote link for your book of choice. To vote on Twitter or Facebook, tweet or post the hashtag. Explore the list below and vote for your favorites or find the voting hashtags here to vote on social media and SMS. The full voting details are available here. To learn more about voting, visit here.
Decorate your classroom with America’s favorite books! Check out printable posters & quote cards from .
Here is a link to the full ballot: https://bento.cdn.pbs.org/hostedbento-prod/filer_public/gar-phase-2/assets/TGAR_BookChecklist_2018.pdf