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Picturing America in My Classrooms

Picturing America website
Jay Peledge teaches 7th and 8th grade social studies (ancient civilizations) for Lincoln, MA public schools at the Hanscom Middle School on Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Read More »
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Aboard the Charles W. Morgan

Betsy Leahy climbing the Morgan
Betsy Leahy has served as third grade teacher and department head at Shady Hill School for almost 30 years. She received her B.A. in Environmental Biology from Middlebury College and her M. Ed. from Tufts University.Read More »
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Reawakening Imagination with Fantasy Literature

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides.”—C.S. LewisThe success of The Chronicles of Narnia film series testifies to the popularity of fantasy literature. The next installment in the works is an adaptation of The Silver Chair, the fourth of C.S. Lewis’s seven novel series and a fine example of otherworldly literature.Read More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck for the Classroom

Print of Jewish schoolchildren in New York waving U.S. flags
"We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers."—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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What Happened at ISTE 2014?

Sarah Winchester, right, and colleagues at ISTE
From June 28th through July 1st, over sixteen thousand teachers, media specialists, instructional technology specialists and coaches, administrators, and other industry personnel came from around the world to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Held every year in June, the ISTE conference brings members and the wider public together to connect, present and exchange ideas.Read More »
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