"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, recited this oath at...
Now that the 2016 Summer Olympic Games have come to a close, we can look forward to more gold-winning performances from Team USA at the...
U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! The Olympics have arrived and it is time for us to send our most brilliant athletes to compete against their...

Blog Posts in "Teaching & Learning"

My first job after college was teaching elementary students at a bilingual school in Mexico City. While the majority of our students were...
Loyal readers of our blog are surely familiar with the museum's theater programs, especially Join the Student Sit-Ins. This...
Editor’s Note: We encourage teachers to integrate the museum’s online resources into their classroom teaching. Today’s post is written by...
With today’s classrooms full of digital natives, teachers are considering how to incorporate technology into their classrooms....
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is written by Harrow Strickland, a middle school teacher and summer teaching associate at the National Museum...
I recently attended my first conference of the American Library Association (ALA). The conference was held in Washington, D.C., and we’re...
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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