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In 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution passed. This amendment guarantees basic rights to all citizens of the United States of America. Even though the Fourteenth Amendment was well intentioned when it was passed, it failed to protect its citizens from discrimination in the United States. The initial failure of the amendment led the United States into a period of civil unrest as its citizens openly expressed their demands to end discrimination.

As you study this period of American History, how do you actively engage your students in their learning? In the book 50 Active Teaching Strategies for Active Teaching they cite Brophy and Good (1986) research that states active teachers elicit larger achievement gains than do others by providing instruction with plenty of purposeful, content-centered interaction among teacher and students.

What is active teaching? “Active teaching is an approach to instruction vigorously pursued by the teacher with full intention to improve student learning and student control over that learning.” (50 Strategies for Active Teaching)

What active strategies do you employ in helping your students learn about the role discrimination plays in American history?

If you would you like to learn more about active teaching strategies, please contact me at <>. I look forward to hearing from you!


Mar 19, 2010 8:24 AM |Add a comment
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