The joys of social studies

I'm writing this blog post on a cool, rainy, Chicago, October Saturday night. The setting here is important. Outside in my backyard are my 7th grade son and three of his friends. Despite the periodic rain, wind, and cooler temperatures, they are all sitting around a fire. About an hour ago they began searching for … Continue reading The joys of social studies

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Learning Centers for Middle & High School? YES!

Why do elementary kids get to have all the fun?  Why do they get to color and play and move around during class?  Why can't older students have some fun too?  Well, they can. I began using learning centers in my high school geography classes many years ago and I will never go back.  I … Continue reading Learning Centers for Middle & High School? YES!