Holidays

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Teaching As Thanksgiving Approaches, 'Unlearning' History Continues
The Thanksgiving holiday offers K-12 educators and students an opportunity to take a hard look at historical narratives that minimize colonial oppression of Native Americans.
Mark Lieberman, November 22, 2019
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Social Studies Teachers Rethink the Real Lessons of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is often seen as a quintessential feel-good holiday, but many argue the way its taught in schools perpetuates a myth and dishonors Native Americans.
Kathleen Kennedy Manzo, November 21, 2018
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Teaching Opinion The Blessings of Liberty Include Fully Public Education
I think I was experiencing the sacred last night, watching the 90-something Navy man sing 'Anchors Aweigh' in the front row--and the grandfathers who served in Vietnam shyly nod to each other across the crowd. I also thought about where and how those men and women were educated. Where did they absorb the idea that citizenship is both blessing and duty? Who taught them to read and calculate, who nurtured their talents and their dreams?
Nancy Flanagan, July 5, 2018
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Teaching Opinion For Valentine's Day, Students Can Lead the Way
If we provide structure and support for students to raise their voices and take action, they can astonish us with their capacity—and show us a good time!
Ariel Sacks, January 31, 2018
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Reading & Literacy Opinion Holiday Movies That Will Spark Fun Class Discussion
Holiday movies offer opportunities to talk about family traditions, charity, making good choices, being a good person and treating other people the way we wish to be treated. In these times of judgment and misunderstanding, it is a great idea to engage in meaningful conversations about what we value in the world and using a movie to do that can be just the right kind of an ice-breaker for students of all ages.
Starr Sackstein, December 21, 2017
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Student Well-Being Opinion Happy Halloween! Be Playful and Artistic in School on Holidays
Dressing up and playing (often challenging) "scary" music is good curricular and instructional practice. It encourages young adolescents to be kids again in an increasingly frightening adult world—playful and artistic, sharing their burgeoning talents with their community.
Nancy Flanagan, October 31, 2017
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Curriculum Opinion Memorial Day
Instead of providing the programs that students find most compelling, we're on a path to strip public education clean of richness, culture and (yes, I'm going to say it) fun. Over 125 people participated in our local Memorial Day service today-- and virtually all of them learned the essential skills of making music, public speaking and patriotic customs in a public school someplace. They still use these capacities to make their lives more enjoyable and meaningful, to take a day away from work, to think about honoring those who died to preserve democracy.
Nancy Flanagan, May 30, 2016
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Teaching Opinion Kindergartners Think in Beautiful Drawings About Dr. Martin Luther King
Kindergartner, dreaming of a better world: "I would have everyone go to the same school." Now there's a dream--what if everyone went to the same school, where there were plenty of art supplies and a teacher who nurtured drawing skills as well as conversations about the people who changed the country where these children live?
Nancy Flanagan, February 1, 2016
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Education Opinion Holiday Placemats for Social Justice
Do my liberal friends understand why things like Harvard's "holiday placemats for social justice" drive some of us around the bend? It's honestly tough for me to tell.
Rick Hess, December 18, 2015
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Teaching the Holidays: The December Dilemma
For educators, the convergence of so many holidays can create the "December dilemma." This post shares strategies and resources to help.
Kimberly Keiserman, November 30, 2015
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Teaching Opinion Four Tips for Teachers on Holiday Performances
There is not and never has never been a "War on Christmas" in public schools. Everyone in America gets Christmas, for weeks, whether they want it or not. The First Amendment lets us sort this out, school by school, keeping educational integrity uppermost. School leaders can serve as models of inclusive and respectful citizenship--a more admirable goal than majority domination.
Nancy Flanagan, November 30, 2015
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Curriculum Teaching Independence Day
It's Independence Day. I've compiled a list of lessons to download and take to your picnic.
Jessica Brown, July 1, 2015
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School & District Management Opinion The Contrarian's Guide to Holiday Conversation
The holiday season is upon us. Are you ready to discuss contentious educational issues with your friends and family?
Dave Powell, December 23, 2014
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Social Studies Opinion Using Letters to Teach the Holidays (and History)
Teaching holidays can be an interruption from regular instruction, or they can be an opportunity for rich, common- core aligned discussions. Now that's something worth celebrating!
Cristina Duncan Evans, November 12, 2014
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