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The Search for Truth & Accuracy in Our History
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The Search for Truth & Accuracy in Our History

There’s been a lot of talk lately about making, repeating, and distorting the truth within history. People want to believe what they feel. How someone is impacted by events in history has as much to do with the “emotional truth”- an interpretation of how events affect us on a deeply emotional level- as does the factual truth.    We see this daily (and minute by minute) as multiple versions of news stories compete against one another to gain readership. As initiatives like the 1776 Commission challenge the teachings and conclusions of our nation’s history, it’s more important than ever to search for reliability and accuracy in all our resources.  As educators, we are responsible for framing history as accurately as possible, without biased emotions, which presents an enormous challenge! In ...
Top 10 Colleges of Delhi University & How You Can Get Into Them
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Top 10 Colleges of Delhi University & How You Can Get Into Them

102%. That is the percentage increase in the number of Class 12 students applying to Delhi University from 2019 to 2020. Massive increase, isn’t it? This increase in applications can be attributed to the increase in the number of students appearing for Class 12 exams and also the inflation in board exam marks. The top three states in terms of application numbers include Delhi (1,42,526 applications), Uttar Pradesh (66,657 applications) and Haryana (50,701 applications).  As of today, Delhi University has 80+ colleges under its purview and offers 500+ programs. Over 7 lakh students are pursuing various undergraduate, postgraduate and other courses. Even today, studying in Delhi University is considered a matter of pride. Why Is Delhi University In High Demand?  1. Ranking Delhi Unive...
SEL & the Brain: Every Student Has a Story
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SEL & the Brain: Every Student Has a Story

By Marilee Sprenger Students enter our classrooms with their own personal stories. Some of those stories are wonderful. Some are not. For those with positive stories, social-emotional learning helps reinforce the skills they need to succeed. For those with stories that include any degree of trauma or stress, SEL can help balance the negative experiences with positive ones. Educational neuroscience leads us in a direction that takes us more swiftly into the integration of SEL in our classrooms. If you are willing to follow along while I highlight some key findings about how our brains learn, we can then consider six key SEL competencies that we can put to work as we teach and support all our students. [My glossary can help!] Strategies that brains find stimulating The research su...
The Epic Hero Shield: Archetype Meets SEL
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The Epic Hero Shield: Archetype Meets SEL

By Marilyn Pryle Focusing on the elements of the epic hero, this activity helps students learn about literary elements while reflecting on their own lives, goals, and obstacles. The archetype of the hero is present in almost every text, regardless of curriculum or culture, and transcends eras and gender. To complete the activity, students examine four elements that are associated with the hero – the backstory, the good qualities, the flaw, and the quest – and apply these elements to their own lives. They will also think of a personal epithet, add a life motto, and when everything is finished, reflect on what they’ve created. The Shield Shields can be found in the stories of most cultures, and usually, the shield reveals the bearer’s identity – by country, by family, and for the ...
11 Resources to Teach About the Election
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11 Resources to Teach About the Election

Forty-two years ago, I voted in a 2-story red brick fire station on 46th and Nicollet in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Standing in line, I took in the candy-apple-red of the Hook-n-Ladder, the black rubber boots poised to be stepped into when the alarm sounded, and the patina of the brass fire pole, standing sentry, in the middle of the structure. On that crisp, fall, first Tuesday in November, the experience of being inside an active fire station was captivating. Even more captivating was how it felt to cast my ballot that day, for the very first time. This year, I will vote in a different city, in a different place, in a different time. The red brick fire station still stands, although it is a bagel shop now. All these years later, and I am just as captivated to cast my ballot as I was back ...
5 Careers in Humanities you had NO CLUE existed
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5 Careers in Humanities you had NO CLUE existed

Humanities offer great scope for study and learning. On the career front, there are many ranging from teaching to pursuing research. However, we look at alternate careers for Humanities majors, where they can use all the learnings and shine in their jobs. Few careers in Humanities are unheard of and few may floor you.  Let’s take a peek at these careers and decide whether you are cut for them. 1) Museum Curator If you have majored in Art or History, then you are a better person to safeguard the artefacts in a museum. Most of the museums recruit recent Humanities graduates to take the job of a tour guide or assist the visitors at the helpdesk. You can put your love of History to proper use and work your way up. Once you rise through the ranks, you can be a museum curator managing the...
SEL & the Brain: Every Student Has a Story
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SEL & the Brain: Every Student Has a Story

By Marilee Sprenger Students enter our classrooms with their own personal stories. Some of those stories are wonderful. Some are not. For those with positive stories, social-emotional learning helps reinforce the skills they need to succeed. For those with stories that include any degree of trauma or stress, SEL can help balance the negative experiences with positive ones. Educational neuroscience leads us in a direction that takes us more swiftly into the integration of SEL in our classrooms. If you are willing to follow along while I highlight some key findings about how our brains learn, we can then consider six key SEL competencies that we can put to work as we teach and support all our students. [My glossary can help!] Strategies that brains find stimulating The research su...
Real World STEM? Try Plastics Pollution.
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Real World STEM? Try Plastics Pollution.

A MiddleWeb Blog The kids you teach have never lived in a world unpolluted by plastic trash. And who would believe it now, but today’s plastic plague actually began as an attempt to protect the environment. It started with elephants. In the late 1800s the demand for ivory to make billiard balls threatened the elephant population. An inventor, John Wesley Hyatt, rolled out the first form of plastic as a substitute for ivory and started a revolution. For the first time manufacturing was not limited by nature – we could create new, inexpensive, durable materials to meet our wants and needs. Plastics could keep people from depleting the world of its natural resources, including wildlife. The future looked promising. World War II accelerated the drive to find new plastics to replace ...
SEL and the Brain: Each Student Has a Story
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SEL and the Brain: Each Student Has a Story

By Marilee Sprenger Students enter our classrooms with their own personal stories. Some of those stories are wonderful. Some are not. For those with positive stories, social-emotional learning helps reinforce the skills they need to succeed. For those with stories that include any degree of trauma or stress, SEL can help balance the negative experiences with positive ones. Educational neuroscience leads us in a direction that takes us more swiftly into the integration of SEL in our classrooms. If you are willing to follow along while I highlight some key findings about how our brains learn, we can then consider six key SEL competencies that we can put to work as we teach and support all our students. [My glossary can help!] Strategies that brains find stimulating The research su...
This Week at DE: Week of October 18
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This Week at DE: Week of October 18

Happy Sunday, Twitter family! My name is Robin Porter, and I am the VP of Digital Content at Discovery Education.   We’re incredibly proud of our collection of more than 200,000 high-quality digital content resources. And that collection continues to grow. In fact, we add and curate hundreds of new resources every month into our award-winning channels in Experience. I’m so excited to take you through some of our newest channels for This Week at DE! In case you missed it, we announced several exciting updates to  our  Science Techbook  and  STEM Connect services. As part of those updates, we have refreshed and added hundreds of new resources to our STEM Careers Channel, powered by the STEM Careers Coalition, that features a diverse collection of STEM professionals around the globe who ar...