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Recess: How the heck do you approach Columbus Day?

The 74 Million – Roger Riddell

“As the old rhyme begins, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” What follows, however, has become a source of controversy in recent years as more consideration is given to the impact of the Spaniard’s exploration on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. One major point of contention at the heart of the debate: Columbus is often credited with “discovering” America when that accolade clearly belongs to the people who crossed over from Asia thousands of years earlier. Columbus wasn’t even the first European to find North America, as archaeological evidence has placed the Vikings on the continent a few hundred years prior.”(more)

Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“Never forget” became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet America’s schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew because they weren’t alive then. Many teachers now struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum.”(more)

Maths classes should be taught in the morning to improve attainment, study finds

The Telegraph – Camilla Turner

“Maths classes should be held in the morning because pupils are better at concentrating before lunch time, a study has found. Meanwhile, youngsters will improve at history if they have lessons in the afternoon, according to a decade long study by academics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Researchers found children are better at repetitive tasks early in the day, while tasks that involve evaluation are best left to after lunch.”(more)

How To Talk To Kids About Thanksgiving

NPR – Meg Anderson

“You know the drill: Trace your hand, then add the details. Two feet, a beak, a single eyeball. Color it in, and voila! Hand becomes turkey. You know the rest too: The Pilgrims fled England and landed on Plymouth Rock. The native people there, the Wampanoag, taught them to farm the land. In 1621, they sat down together for a thanksgiving feast, and we’ve been celebrating it ever since.”(more)

Education World’s Thanksgiving Resource Roundup

Education World – Staff Writer

“Education World has been helping educators teach the holidays for over 20 years. Here are some of the very best resources for you to teach about our tradition of Thanksgiving this year.”(more)