The Civic Educator

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Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and democracy is its midwife. John Dewey.
 
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This is a simple rubric that I use for simple explanatory writing assignments that are one paragraph in length. We have to do a lot of these in my school in order to prepare our students for the PARCC test, and they roughly follow the premise of a
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One way to incorporate civics into a traditional history class is to use essential questions and a thematic approach to the curriculum. This powerpoint is useful as an introductory activity to explore one of those themes: economics. Each slide of
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One way to do a better job of infusing civics into a social studies course is through the use of essential questions and a thematic curriculum. This presentation is appropriate for an introductory activity to look at one of those themes: civics and
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One way that we can better incorporate civics into social studies is through the use of essential questions and a thematic curriculum. This presentation is an introductory activity to help students think about one of those themes:
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In order to focus on civics and other related disciplines in your social studies class, it's helpful to make use of essential questions and/or a thematic curriculum. This presentation is a good way to get started with looking at one important theme:
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If you're trying to emphasize civics and other areas in your social studies class, it can help to use essential questions and/or a thematic curriculum. This powerpoint is a great tool for you to start your students exploring one important theme:
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been a high school social studies teacher in East Orange since 2007. In that time, I've taught the gamut of high school courses - World History, Early U.S. History, Modern U.S. History, and AP Government. I've participated in several curriculum writing committees and written assessments for my department. I also worked at C-SPAN as a Teacher Fellow and a Senior Fellow.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is one in which the onus is on the students to do the work that produces their learning. While I'm comfortable talking in front of a group for hours on end, I know that that doesn't really help students learn. I prefer to create independent or group assignments that make students read, write, and problem solve. I prefer to do this with technology, and I have at times had the luxury of teaching in a computer lab. Usually my classes involve a mix of mini-lectures, reading and writing, and summative projects. I'm also a huge fan of current events, and I try to incorporate them on a regular basis in my class. I love using CNN 10 to teach current events and I will happily make time for it in my classroom.

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I studied at Rutgers University, where I earned a BA in Political Science and an EdM in Social Studies Education. I returned to Rutgers to pursue an EdD in Social Studies Education, but I stopped work on my doctorate and I'm currently ABD.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a passionate advocate for civics education and I write a blog on the topic, The Civic Educator. There, I share resources and methods for civics teachers and I also explore policies that can help us improve civics education.

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