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Civic Education

Between the Lines: Why Civic Education Matters

OCTOBER 02, 2014

I was listening to a back-to-school guest speaker talk about bullying in schools. I was shocked how to hear that bullying has become an epidemic for American students. The guest speaker suggested that research reveals the majority of American students have felt bullied at some point during their K-12 experience. With these statistics, it makes sense how leaders (both inside the educational world and from other occupations), feel the need to focus time, money, and efforts on recognizing the warning signs to help prevent or rehabilitate bullying behavior.

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Civic Education

Joyce Pilot Recap

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

As a member of the iCivics pilot program for teachers in Indianapolis, I was honored to be asked to share not only my experience as an attendee of the institute, but also how my attendance affected how I taught civics the next few months.  This article provides some insight on my experience.

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Civic Action

Everyday is Constitution Day!

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

As a constitutionalist I think that every day is Constitution Day so when Congress mandated that we all celebrate the Constitution on one specific day I thought it was ridiculous, how can they minimize the importance of the Constitution to just one day a year? Then I thought I should be able to leverage this.  For young people (or adults) who are unaware, maybe this is a door for them.

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Civic Education

Celebrate Constitution Day with iCivics

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

Constitution SignaturesThis is my eleventh year of teaching and my principal always makes sure that all the social studies teachers at my school cover something about the Constitution on September 17th.

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Civic Education

The Pursuit of Civic Classroom Happiness

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Thomas Jefferson

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Civic Education

Fighting For Our Future Citizens

SEPTEMBER 04, 2014

"If men expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what never was and never will be."  Thomas Jefferson.  These immortal words by the inspired writer of the Declaration of Independence set the tone for civic involvement in the newly created United States of America.  And for many years, commitment to public service was practiced with zeal and sacrifice for the betterment of a society that had disconnected itself from the Old World to begin a new adventure in citizen participation.

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Games

Keeping High School Seniors Focused with Gaming

AUGUST 28, 2014

There is a phenomenon with my afternoon classes.  Although class demographics are the same as in the morning, high school seniors who take Government in the afternoon tend to be less motivated, have lower grades, and don’t learn the material as well.  In addition to normal classroom challenges, we also fight food comas, exhaustion, and the ever-present and always fun "Senioritis".  Maybe not completely their fault, but these  students seem a bit disinterested in learning.

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Civic Education

iCivics Teacher Council: More Than Expected

AUGUST 21, 2014

Before leaving for iCivics training mid July, I assumed that the highlight of the trip would be meeting Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female Supreme Court Justice. Upon returning from iCivics training, I’ve realized the true highlight was being able to meet and collaborate with twenty-two other motivated, creative, intelligent teachers who are the iCivics Teachers Council.

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