This site provides materials from dozens of teacher presentations on literacy, math, science, history, and the arts at the U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher Summer Workshops. Topics include reading, writing, English language learners, Chinese language and culture, algebra, computation, data, geometry, peer teaching, earth systems, cells, physical science, labs, science mysteries, historical literacy, arts and reading, and more.
Mathematics Framework for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress
This is an assessment framework, not a curriculum framework. In broad terms, this framework attempts to answer the question: What mathematics should be assessed in 2009 on NAEP at grades 4, 8 and 12? The answer to this question must necessarily take into account the constraints of a large-scale assessment such as NAEP, with its limitations on time and resources. Of critical importance is the fact that this document does not attempt to answer the question: What mathematics should be taught (or ho
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
This course teaches the basic skills needed to critique the medical literature by providing a fundamental understanding of epidemiology and biostatistics. One highlight of the course is the Small Group Session. The small group format provides one with an excellent opportunity to closely interact with a faculty member by enhancing the concepts taught in the lectures and clarifying questions concerning the lecture material.
Nutrition and Medicine
Only 25% of US medical schools have a required nutrition course. Tufts provides such a course with 25 hours of instruction as lectures and small group activities. The course spans the theoretical to the clinical aspects of nutrition. The student learns to obtain information and knowledge, develop the ability to interpret and evaluate current nutrition research, and develop critical thinking skills on the use of nutrition in medical care. Small group assignments include: making a personal dietary
Contemporary Biosocial Problems in America
Part of Tufts overall mission is to emphasize citizenship and public service. This course starts with the premise that understanding the social uses and misuses of biological knowledge is of particular importance for future health professionals and scientists. Specifically, developing skills in critical thinking and analysis of arguments is crucial if we are to deal rationally with value-laden and controversial topics at the intersection of biology and society.
Study of Place: Antarctic Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Antarctic Exploration module is framed by Sir Ernest
Study of Place: Ocean Currents Exploration
Each two-week module in the Study of Place curriculum is framed by an historical event that makes a connection between the physical environment and human activity. The activities focus primarily on physical and earth science content, geography, and inquiry skills. Assessments and scoring rubrics, including a pre-assessment that can be used for both modules, are embedded in each module, providing opportunities for tracking student learning. The Ocean Currents Exploration module is framed by Benja
This variation on Bingo allows students to apply research skills and build knowledge of the interconnected issues underlying Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Using principles of peer education, students share their research with each other in a fun, interactive, and collaborative way.
Welcome to Literacy Corner, where you will find useful information about helping young children (3-6 years) develop the skills they need to begin to read and write.
Improving Literary Understanding Through Classroom Conversation Booklet
Effective literature instruction develops reading, writing, thinking, and other literacy skills -- but that is easier said than done. A new booklet by Judith Langer and Elizabeth Close shares some of the most effective strategies, drawing on the research and including real classroom examples. The booklet is designed for teachers and administrators who wish to improve their students' reading comprehension
Tobacco Bag Stringing Activity 1
In this activity, students will read background information on tobacco bag stringing, and will be asked to analyze reports, worker profiles, and letters from the Tobacco Bag Stringing collection. They will respond by composing their own letter to President Roosevelt, supporting or opposing an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards act. The student project will demonstrate mastery of a variety of objectives, including creative writing, historical appreciation and criticism, recognition of bias, a
Slave Narratives: A Genre Study
In this lesson, students will read selected excerpts from slave narratives, determining common characteristics of the genre. Students will then write their own slave narratives as a slave from their region of North Carolina, researching for historical accuracy and incorporating elements of the slave narrative genre to demonstrate understanding.
Cotton Mills Seen through Differing Perspectives: Critical Analysis of Primary Documents
In this lesson, students will read two primary source documents from Documenting the American South, a digital library collection sponsored by the University Library at UNC. One document is Child Labor in the Carolinas, a pamphlet published in 1909 by the National Child Labor Committee exposing the use of child labor in the cotton mills of North Carolina. The other document is Mill News, a weekly newsletter about the Southern cotton industry which was paid for and published by the mill companies
The Great Magnet, the Earth
This site provides a non-mathematical introduction to the magnetism of the Earth, the Sun, the planets and their environments, following a historical thread. In 1600, four hundred years ago William Gilbert, later physician to Queen Elizabeth I of England, published his great study of magnetism, "De Magnete"--"On the Magnet". It gave the first rational explanation to the mysterious ability of the compass needle to point north-south: the Earth itself was magnetic. "De Magnete" opened the era of mo
Exploration and experimentation with letter forms and page layout for expressive communication. Fundamental typographic principles, font recognition, and analysis of both historical and post modern design theory. Emphasis on content, form, and technique for effective use of typography in ads, posters, newsletters and other visual communications.
Listening to Music
This course fosters the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding of Western music. The musical novice is introduced to the ways in which music is put together and is taught how to listen to a wide variety of musical styles, from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.
What's in a title: understanding meanings in community care
What do we mean by ‘community’, ‘care’ and ‘welfare’? In this unit you will explore the meanings of these words in their historical and cultural settings. The unit does not discuss these terms exclusively in terms of social work practice so service users, carers or anyone interested in community care ...
Working with charts, graphs and tables
Your course might not include any maths or technical content but, at some point during your course, it’s likely that you’ll come across information represented in charts, graphs and tables. You’ll be expected to know how to interpret this information. This unit will help you to develop the skills you ...
The poetry of Sorley MacLean
Sorley Maclean (1911-1996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This unit will introduce you to his poetry and give you an insight into the cultural, historical and political contexts that inform his work. MacLean wr
Interview with a social worker
The focus of this unit is to explore the role of a support worker. It helps to identify what is expected within a working environment, and the skills and qualities they need in order to perform their roles effectively. You will be encouraged to think abou