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Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach

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Beat the Summer Learning Loss with this Summer Reading List

The temps are rising, the midwest misquitos are emerging, and my freezer is stocked full of popsicles, which can only mean one thing: summer is here.  But if your kids are anything like mine, the "I'm Bored" whines have also started. 

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A New Exhibit Opens at the Newseum and it's "Seriously Funny"

A new exhibit is set to open at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. this week, and it's seriously funny.  No, really.  #SeriouslyFunny is trending on Twitter in anticipation of the Seriously Funny: From The Desk of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" exhibit opening on June 21st.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Newseum, School Trip to D.C.

Hamilton Exhibition Opens in Chicago

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on Jun 10, 2019 10:53:20 AM

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the life of Alexander Hamilton?  Or maybe you've seen the musical Hamilton and can't get enough of the production?  Have you ever wondered what historical facts are embellished in Hamilton or ever wanted to just be completedly immersed on the streets of New York in the early days of our nation ?  


If so, Hamilton fans, you're in luck!  Hamilton: The Exhibition is the newest, interactive spectacle open to the public and unlike any museum you've been to before.  No Broadway show ever has attempted anything like this — and certainly not some 800 miles from Midtown Manhattan in a 35,000 square foot, football field-sized temporary building in Chicago. 

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Topics: Chicago

Neil Armstrong Spacesuit Statues Coming to a Ballpark Near You

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is bringing a piece of history to MLB ballparks across the country this summer with "Apollo at the Park".   Is your hometown stadium on the list?

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Topics: National Air and Space Museum

Colonial Williamsburg Takes Extra Precautions for Animals During Summer Heat

As summer kicks into full swing, our favorite NationsClassroom destinatons are preparing not only for an increase in visitors, but also for an increase in temperatures - especially for our furry friends.  So how does a place like Colonial Williamsburg ensure animal safety during the heat of the summer?

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Topics: Colonial Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg

Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to be Drained for Cleaning and Repairs

Posted by Stephanie Kelly, High School Teacher and Instructional Coach on May 31, 2019 11:43:26 AM

Groups traveling to Washington, D.C. in the next two weeks will notice that the Lincoln Memorial will look slightly different. 

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Topics: Lincoln Memorial

Nation's Largest Memorial Day Parade - Live Stream

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in  Washington, D.C., will take place this Monday, May 27th at 2pm.  

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Topics: Washington, D.C. Attractions, Memorial Day

4 Tips to Make Your College Essay Stand Out From the Rest

Last week, we discussed how writing about travel experiences can enhance a college application essay.  This week, we will follow up that discussion with some general college application essay tips gathered from over 100 college admissions officers across the country, coupled with my personal experience over ten years of helping hundreds of seniors apply to schools ranging from local technical colleges to Ivy League schools.  


Here are a four winning writing tips I can offer:

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Topics: Travel Writing

Bazinga! Costumes from Famous TV Show Heading to National Museum of American History

It's a sad morning for fans of The Big Bang Theory.  The TV comedy's series finale aired last night, making it the longest-running multi camera comedy series in television history (279 episodes).  But there IS good news for fans of the show.


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Topics: Museum of American History

6 Tips for Incorporating Travel Experiences in College Application Essays

The final weeks of school are upon us.  Teachers across the nation are wrapping up curriculum and even the most fastidious students are starting to zone out and dream of the weeks of summer vacation that lie ahead.  

As a high school English teacher, this time of year always proved to be a challenging time for me in regards to student engagement.  And the best way I’ve found to fight low engagement is to bring opportunities for authentic writing into the classroom.

What is likely the most high-stakes, authentic piece of writing for most college-bound students?  

Their college application essays.  

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Topics: Benefits of Student Travel, Travel Writing

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