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Ask me anything   future 9-12 social studies teacher. undergrad in sociology and africana studies. my goal is to cultivate and nurture socially conscious students. I do not necessarily agree with the opinions or views that I post, but rather my posts should be viewed as potential classroom resources.

In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades' →
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#resource  #gender  #gender expression  #gender identity  #sociology 
professional year/student teaching

super excited to have my final placement for my professional year! Honors American History II and AP World History

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Alabama Teacher Reportedly Asked Students To Re-Enact Michael Brown Shooting →


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#ferguson  #teaching 

"The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way.’" ~ Grace Hopper


"The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way.’"

~ Grace Hopper

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#quote  #classroom quote 
An Introduction to IEPs →


Learn how to navigate your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).

by Brian Spero

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Teaching Resources


Hello out there! I’m currently studying Sociology and Africana Studies while working towards 9-12 teaching licensure for social studies! I am student teaching in the spring semester of 2015 (and then graduating)! This is a list of awesome sources that have been tremendously helpful to me. Please reblog and add sources; this list is by no means exhaustive! I hope you find this helpful (especially when lesson planning!). I also really love maps, so if you find a cool resource for me, let me know!! xx

Online Resources

Adobe Education Exchange ”Free, on-demand professional development”

American Advertising 1850-1920 (Duke University) Graphics, Timeline

American History From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond (University of Groningen) Outlines, Biographies, Documents, Essays

American History Museum (Smithsonian)

American Memory Project (Library of Congress) *see collections that were once apart of this project here

Annenberg Classroom ”Resources for Excellent Civics Education”

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank

Be More Mission: “To inform change agents how “race” and disparities based on this construct are created, and inspire them to change systems that sustain injustices based on this construct.”

Big History Project "13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities targeting middle and high school students" (thank you, rosecityqueen!) Comparing Maps

Bill of Rights Institute Free Lesson Plans

Bio.com On this Day See the History and Culture Section and sign up to receive their free newsletter!

Blendspace "Create lessons in five minutes!" (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Tons of stuff here - useful for Civics and Economics (i.e. current unemployment rate and trends)

Census Data

Center for American Progress Education; Progress 2050

Center for Disease Control

Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

Central Intelligence Agency

The Choices Program (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

ChronoZoom ”An educational tool for teachers and students who want to put historical events in perspective” (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

(American) Civil War

Classroom Organization Tips

Classroom Posters

Code Switch (NPR)

College Board (search for Teacher Resources) 

Colorlines ”News for Action”

Cooper Center (University of Virginia) The Racial Dot Map Project

Cracking the Codes (A Film by Shakti Butler)

Crash Course

Creating History "History for the rest of us."

Digital History (University of Houston)

Digital Public Library of America

Docs Teach (National Archives) (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Economic and Social Statistics by Country (through UNICEF, or United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)


Edutopia Professional Development, Project-Based Learning (PBL), High School, Digital Teaching Portfolio - I love Edutopia! 

The Everyday Sexism Project "Exists to catalog instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis”

Facing History and Ourselves Resource Collections; Lessons and Units; Teaching Strategies; Library Resources; Videos - I love this site!


Federal Registry for Educational Excellence 

Fifty Core Documents that tell America’s History

First Amendment Schools First Amendment 101; Lesson Plans

Freedom Forum Programs

Gallup Polls

General Social Survey (GSS)

Geography Resources from the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Global Nonviolent Action Database

Historical Weather (Weather Underground)

History.com This Day in History (You can get this in a daily email - I do and I love it!)

History In An Hour Buy the Audiobooks Here

IndexMundi "Home of the Internet’s most complete country profiles”

Internet Modern History Sourcebook (Fordham University)

Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court (Street Law)

Latino USA (NPR)

Lean In

Learn NC (UNC School of Education)

Legislative Resources for Teachers (Library of Congress) (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Live Binders ”Organize Your Resources in an Online Binder”

Making Whiteness Visible

The MicroAgressions Project

Miller Center (University of Virginia)

The Miniature Earth Project

Miss Representation Pay to Watch Here, Curriculum; Look at these awesome infographics, tools, and statistics! See Also: The Mask You Live In

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

National Council for History Education About Membership

National Geographic: Education (MAPS!)

National History Education Clearinghouse High School, Teaching English Language Learners, Using Primary Sources - I love this site!

National Opinion Research Center

Networking for Professionals (LinkedIn)

Pew Research Center  Fact Tank: News in the Numbers, Social Trends: Interactives

Presidential (U.S.) Campaign Commercials (thank you, jenniepenni!)

Prezi ”Create zooming presentations that make you more engaging and memorable”

(Finding) Primary Sources

Policy Jargon Decoder 

Politifact: Fact-Checking U.S. Politics

Race: Are We So Different? American Anthropolgical Association

Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS)

The Race Card Project

Racial Equity Tools

Reading Like A Historian Lesson Plans (Stanford History Education Group) this is my favorite thing ever

Restorative Justice

Rethinking Schools

The Root ”Black News, Opinion, Politics, and Culture”

Rural Poverty Portal 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)

Smithsonian Educator Resources

Smithsonian Source findprimary sources

Social Justice League How to be a Fan of Problematic Things

The Sociological Cinema 

Southern Poverty Law Center

Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcasts

Teaching American History

Teaching Channel

Teaching For Change

Teaching Tolerance

TED - Education

Think Progress

Today’s Meet

US Supreme Court Center

Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project (University of Maryland)

Zinn Education Project Teaching Materials; FAQ (other resources listed here)


To Engage Them All

Rethinking Schools Blog

From Teachers Pay Teachers

this really cool classroom organizer

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"In some ways it was easier for my generation. Racism was blatant and obvious. The “Whites Only” signs let us know clearly, what we were up against. Not much has changed, but the system of lies and trickology is much more sophisticated. Today young people have to be highly informed and acutely analytical, or they will be swept up into a whirlpool of lies and deception."

Assata Shakur, Honey Magazine debut issue (1998)

My friend shared this quote with me today and I instantly remembered another great quote from Assata Shakur that I feel is crucial to be absorbed when reading the quote above “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free”. 

(via alltheblacksheep)

See this goes out to people who constantly think those of us in this generation are too sensitive or are always looking for racism when it’s just that we realize how tactics have changed…racism has never gone away they’ve just tried to change the face of the game…

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— Ralph Waldo Emerson

For my fellow teachers.

Good advice to remember.




— Ralph Waldo Emerson

For my fellow teachers.

Good advice to remember.

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#quote  #teaching 
"Too often, when people look back on the history of the Civil Rights Movement, they draw a false distinction between the issues of moral justice and economic justice. As Dr. King understood, we can never fully achieve one without the other."
Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy (1932 - 2009), reflecting on Dr Martin Luther King’s speech Where Do We Go From Here? (1967, August 16)

ted kennedy

(Source: scholamoralis)

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One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.

These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.


They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.

These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.

And the metro is always this clean.

In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.

Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.

We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.

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#russia  #art 
"When did Martin Luther King get transformed from a revolutionary civil rights leader that the FBI feared into a teddy bear that only says “I Have A Dream” when you pull the string?"
Hari Kondabolu  (via thefemcritique)

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"Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue."
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#quote  #police  #police in america  #america  #us history  #american history  #gun  #gun control  #gun debate  #police militarization