In most Western European nations (with a few exceptions, such as the U.K.), children learn to read at the age of 6. Even in the U.S., the practice of teaching children to decode words at age 5 is fairly recent. Teaching reading in kindergarten became popular with the rise of standardized testing. This was based on the assumption that early reading would give children a head start, allowing them to do better on the standardized tests they would take in the upper elementary grades. Did the strategy work?
Twelve years ago, in 2007, Ready or Not: Leadership Choices in Early Care and Education, provocatively put forth the question of what defines and bounds early care and education (ECE) as a field of practice. Twelve years later, the field’s defining questions remain unanswered. And it’s showing!
Wayne Journell, author of Unpacking Fake News, and winner of the Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) speaks with the TSSP about the recent Michael Cohen hearings and how to successfully teach media literacy in the K-12 classrooms.
Since President Trump’s election, the term “fake news” has been tossed around, not just in political circles, but increasingly within aspects of popular culture. As a result, defining exactly what fake news means in 2019 is difficult. At a basic level, fake news can be described as verifiably false information being presented as legitimate.
In honor of Presidents Day, we’re highlighting key study aids for teachers to use in the classroom. The activities below are centered around three major wars that the US has fought in, including the American Civil War, World War One, and World War Two.