Resources for Methods Classrooms and New Teachers
The Choices Program recently introduced our New Teacher Kit at the National Council for Social Studies conference. The Kit provides a sampler of resources for use with pre-service teachers. We share these resources below.
The Values and Public Policy activity can be used to introduce the Choices Program’s approach for teaching about contested international issues. This video explains how the activity works.
Choices Curriculum Units
To introduce pre-service teachers to a typical Choices curriculum unit, we recommend starting with our Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy unit. This unit can be used in a wide range of secondary level social studies classrooms. Download the Human Rights curriculum and an introductory PowerPoint on the unit from Unit 2 of our Online Learning Module.
The Online Learning Module includes a variety of additional resources to use with pre-service teachers. We hope you will browse other sections of the module and use what works for your classroom.
This sampler offers a collection of individual lessons highlighting different skills and content topics and drawn from eight Choices units. Use these lessons in your Methods classroom, and encourage your students to use them in their student teaching. We hope pre-service teachers will take these lessons with them to their first teaching job.
Our Teaching with the News lessons, Teacher’s Corner, and Videos are excellent free resources for pre-service and new teachers. While we have over 1,300 videos, you might start by using the videos listed below that address Historical Thinking Skills.
Choices often holds summer professional development that is appropriate for Methods Professors. We are also happy to hold an introductory workshop for teachers and pre-service teachers in your area. Contact Mimi Stephens for more information.
Selected videos that address Historical Thinking Skills:
What is oral history? (Jacoby)
What is historical memory? (Gross)
What is critical oral history? (Blight and Lang)