Hey Middle School Teachers – It’s Okay to Skip Some Standards

One of the most daunting tasks presented to teachers is for them to cover all the standards. This is particularly problematic for Social Studies teachers, as we often have both content and skills standards built into our frameworks. In recent years, the skill standards have grown as teachers are now expected to teach students to

How to Create Assessments that Evaluate Historical Thinking Skills

I previously wrote about how I came to conceptualize how I would assess historical thinking in my classroom, now I thought I would show you how these tests come together. As always, I start with the skills and content knowledge that have been practiced in that Unit. At the beginning of the year, I assess

Assessing Historical Thinking Skills with Middle School Students

When I first realized that the new New York State assessments would require knowledge of historical thinking skills four years ago, I was honestly excited. Rote memorization had never made me fulfilled as a history teacher. I’ve always preferred to teach my students to think, and I was happy that I would now be teaching them to