What else can I do to get the school supplies my students need?

Textbooks have gotten a bad rap lately as outdated, biased and inefficient. You might assume I am “old school” and boring in my instructional approach; I assure you I am not. But textbooks make sense if you consider the courses I teach: American history, civics and economics, and AP government and politics. These disciplines are “content heavy”; students need to know basic information to master the course and do the higher-level critical thinking activities, collaboration and problem solving at the center of our work.

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"I love you, Newton" Cam's shoes make fan lose her mind

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made fan Kisher Rankin Spearman's day when he gave her his cleats autographed following the team's practice Thursday.
Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
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"I love you, Newton" Cam's shoes make fan lose her mind

Priceless reaction of a kid getting a ball from Cam Newton 0:19

Priceless reaction of a kid getting a ball from Cam Newton

Cam Newton 1:33

Cam Newton "Do you expect a lion not to roar"

Ride breaks at Ohio State Fair, killing one 0:31

Ride breaks at Ohio State Fair, killing one