Hey. I get it. You’re busy. It’s the end of the year and stuff is starting to pile up. And so you might not have a ton of time right now for reading a new blog.
So here’s the deal. Just head over the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog and bookmark it. Subscribe to an email or RSS feed. Then forget it till this summer.
Then go back and read, read, read. Cause it will change your life. Seriously. I don’t often say stuff like that but the Library of Congress is just that good. And their online content is seriously awesome.
So what makes it so good?
Discover and discuss the most effective techniques for using Library of Congress primary sources in the classroom. Teaching strategies, outstanding primary sources, lesson plans, teacher resources, and current thinking on effective classroom practice are all open for discussion.
Rattle that around in your head for a bit. We’ve all got new Common Core literacy standards. You guys in Kansas have new state standards. Which means we are going to be expected to do things a bit differently from now on. Kids need to think historically. They’ll need to collect. Analyze. Evaluate. Compare and contrast. Create.
So when the Library of Congress tells me that they have a place highlighting the most effective techniques for using primary sources, teaching strategies, lesson plans, resources, and critical thinking, well . . . like I said
- Assessing Historical Thinking Skills Using Library of Congress Primary Sources
- Informational Text: Multiple Points of View in Multiple Formats
- Jackie Robinson: Remembering Number 42 with Primary Sources
- Primary Sources: Is Seeing Always Believing?
- Teaching with Informational Text: Historic Newspapers from the Library of Congress
I know you’re busy. But a bookmark and a RSS feed takes, what . . . 30 seconds? And if you decide tohang around over there a bit longer, your secret’s safe with me.