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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social studies education. In 1988, Gail was named Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Classroom Teacher of the Year by the New York State Council for the Social Studies. In the same year, she received the Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award from the National Council for the Social Studies. Gail has written professionally for Time for Kids, various Scholastic publications, Cobblestone, EducationWorld.com, Boys' Life, Ranger Rick and other publications. She also is the author of a number of books for teachers and young people, including To Tell the Truth Plays: Biographies in U.S. History and the Purple Turtle series of children's books. Her website is http://www.gailhennessey.com.
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Importance of decorating your classroom - A new school year is beginning. I read a recent study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University that a decorated room is distracting and  can negatively impact the learning of our students. Although...
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COOL facts about Ice Cream Did you Know that JULY is National Ice Cream Month  in the USA? It was established by President Ronald Reagan, in 1984. National Ice Cream Day is the 3rd Sunday in July. Learn some fun facts about ice cream! • One...
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Still in School? Vacation a couple of weeks away? Use the news and have students select one of the following news stories and write a short paragraph stating their opinions on the topic. In addition to passing your classes, a new law passed in...
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