Only a few days after the passing of James Cotton, one of the country's greatest blues harmonica players, we lost one of our greatest...
Phyllis Diller is widely considered the first female stand-up comic to perform as a solo act. While she is mainly known for her career in...
We asked Eric Jentsch, deputy chair and curator in our Division of Culture and the Arts, for his NCAA bracket picks. Then he disappeared...

Blog Posts in "Teaching & Learning"

Teaching 4th grade has its challenges for a 38 year-old kid. I think I never really left the mind-set of being 10 and that has its upside,...
Because our History Explorer team develops K-12 lesson plans and interactives as well as professional development opportunities...
A railroad spike…A 45 RPM record adapter…Baleen as long as my arm… Our netbook… And a whole bunch of handouts. We were ready...
Editor’s note: This post was written by Amy Trenkle, a middle school teacher in Washington, D.C. She and her students—along with 200 other...
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students—Jibreel Khazan (formerly Ezell Blair Jr.), Franklin McCain, Joseph McNeil and...
There are only so many hours in the classroom day, and high-stakes testing is encouraging teachers to adapt their classroom practices to...
So I was very intrigued when a colleague distributed a report from the U.S. Department of Education about online learning studies. A main...
Many of the staff who work here at the National Museum of American History are “museum advocates” (AKA fans). Not only do we love visiting...
I work at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. But I spent last year teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in...
If you’ve got an interest in education, you’ve probably heard of high school administrator Karl Fisch’s Shift Happens presentation or the...
On a recent visit to my mother’s house, I took a quick look through my childhood bookshelf. As a person who works with “material culture”...
Imagine yourself at the head of an empty classroom. Your carefully prepared lesson lies on your desk next to activity sheets for each...

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