What if we taught composition like Bob Ross teaches painting?

What if we taught composition like Bob Ross teaches painting?

Back in my hometown, it was a rite of passage at the age of twelve to get a paper route. There was no status associated with it, nor did it come with a certain badge of honor – you see, back in the day kids got newspaper gigs to have deep pockets so that they could buy candy and Nintendo games and G.I. Joes.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Three per cent no es Fabuloso

Hispanic Heritage Month: Three per cent no es Fabuloso

In my first period class of sophomores at a high school on the Southwest side of San Antonio, I had one White student, one Muslim student, and the rest were Hispanic, Latinx, Mexican.

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AP® Gov: Constitutional Amendments

AP® Gov: Constitutional Amendments

One of the most important goals of civics education is to get students to understand the imperfections of the constitutional system of the United States. The system, webbed together through a series of compromises, reflects the values of the authors, largely based upon Judeo-Christian values, shaped, of course, by...

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Mental Health Awareness: Kind of Sort of Fine

Mental Health Awareness: Kind of Sort of Fine

A bright part of every teacher’s day is getting to the class that your star student is in. You know the one. We see them reach for the sky every time we ask the class a question, they volunteer their personal time to help us staple packets, and they befriend the quiet kid during partner activities. They are just...

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AP® World History: Sports & Colonization

AP® World History: Sports & Colonization

This lesson module can be used by regular or AP® World, U.S., or European History teachers to develop an understanding of how sport has been used as a "tool" to assimilate Indigenous cultures into the Imperial state's economy, politics, and culture. Portions or all of the lesson modules could also be used in...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Speaking and Scribbling in Spanish

Hispanic Heritage Month: Speaking and Scribbling in Spanish

When my mother was going to school in the panhandle of Texas, she and her friends were punished if they spoke Spanish in school. When my brothers and I were growing up, my parents spoke English to us in the home so we would be successful in school.

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AP® Lang: The Dialectical Journal

AP® Lang: The Dialectical Journal

This resource is designed to provide structure, guidance, and inspiration for students to complete a series of dialectical journal entries based on their independent reading of longer works. The resources provided can be used with any text of various mediums, but this specifically is designed to give students a way...

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Mental Health Awareness: Girl in Pieces

Mental Health Awareness: Girl in Pieces

To be mentally healthy requires work, and many youth and their families turn to some kind of therapy, counseling, or inpatient program to aid in that work. Sometimes it’s just a friendly listening ear or an elder who might have been in their shoes once. Whatever the outlet or regimen recommended, people with mental...

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Mental Health Awareness: Writing as a Healthy Outlet

Mental Health Awareness: Writing as a Healthy Outlet

Mental health is just as important as our physical health, and many educators understand this. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019).” Depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, the list goes on and on, but one thing...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Quinceañera Para Todos

Hispanic Heritage Month: A Quinceañera Para Todos

Growing up with three brothers and not Catholic, quinceañeras weren’t really a thing we did. But when Yvette Guerrero turned 15 and Betty Espinosa asked me to stand up with her in the quince, I had my first real experience with the hoopla that is the quinceañera.

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