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Teaching Channel: My Teacher Look: Get Students Back on Track

 It’s summer vacation, but I’m sure you are still thinking about the classroom and how to make it better next year. This is a very brief video in which a teacher explains her “teacher look.” Find out why it works for her, and how you can develop that same kind of nonverbal communication with your students. It’s a way to redirect an individual’s behavior without involving the entire classroom. The educators’ comments about the video are certainly worth reading also.July 14

American Centuries: Dwellings: The Message of Houses and Their Contents, 1780-1820

 Use this very complete lesson plan to explore New England houses from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Background about houses in general and ones built during this time period in particular give rise to thoughts about why housing architecture changes, how the home owner adapts the interior use of space, and what changes are made in materials to build the houses.
You’ll find plenty of pictures that help illustrate the objectives of the lesson. The activities for students are interesting and teach the use of primary source materials. In addition to the dwellings, there is information on the gardens near the houses, and why those gardens were so important to the community.

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