Anyone can read these blogs, but only NCSS members can post a blog, or comment on one. So, please login to Connected to post a blog. (Login is required, even if you have logged into the other website, www.socialstudies.org). Then review these guidelines and suggestions about posting a blog to NCSS Connected.
What a Blog Is
Write about topics of interest to social studies teachers. Blogs are original works of thought. Popular types of posts include classroom anecdotes, advice to colleagues, policy opinions, short memoirs, travel/study experiences, and reviews of teaching resources, books, films, and other media. When you write on the topic of a presentation you have made (or are about to make) to your colleagues, say something substantial about your topic (more than simply an abstract of your talk) and include a link to a related online resource. That will boost attendance at your session.
We encourage posts that directly reference the NCSS Curriculum Standards and the C3 Framework for State Social Studies Standards.
Timing and Length
You may post as frequently as once a month. A length of 200 to 600 words is best.
Photos, Header, and Twitter
Please post a snapshot of yourself to accompany your blogs (using the link in the upper-right corner of this screen to do so). It's easy to do, and will boost your readership. We encourage bloggers to develop a header and place it at the start of every title, with a colon; for example "Surfing the Net: Resources about the U.S. Entry into World War I." We encourage bloggers to illustrate their blogs with photos and graphics following, of course, the Code of Conduct for this website. We encourage you to tweet about your blog right after posting it!
Topics to Avoid
Avoid posting blogs that you have already posted elsewhere. Distill travel-study-service journals down to four or five blogs. Avoid posting simple announcements (what; when; where), ads, or promos. Instead, use the other venues here at Connected to send notices to your colleagues. You may also submit announcements (e.g., your new book; your free educational website) to the online newsletter TSSP (The Social Studies Professional), at email@example.com. Avoid posting your unique blog elsewhere, but it's fine to use it in a printed book chapter, as you the author and NCSS share the copyright. (See "Republish NCSS Materials?" at www.socialstudies.org/publications/questions)
Code of Conduct
All NCSS bloggers are required to adhere to a Code of Conduct. NCSS reserves the right to request a revision, edit, reassign, or remove a blog.
Ad hominem remarks will be edited or deleted. Critique is encouraged, but please be specific in your critique of the work, and avoid disparaging your fellow educators. Example: "Mr. Smith carelessly misquotes Thomas Jefferson." The word "carelessly" is a personal affront. Say it like this instead: "Mr. Smith misquotes (on page 5 of his article) Thomas Jefferson. Here are Jefferson's actual written words ... and this is my source / citation ... ."
How to Post a Blog
Once you have logged in, then click on "Post a Blog" below. Cut (from your working document, such as Word) and paste (onto the webpage) the title and text of your blog. Then click “Publish.” There is no need to answer the questions at the bottom of the form. After the blog is posted, you can revisit your text to correct errors if you discover any later on. Thank you for your participation.
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