The Ten Best Social Studies Stuff “s” – Part II (History Tech #11)

Glenn is back to share the second half of his Ten Best Social Studies Stuff “s” of 2013.  Join him as he shares some of his favorite resources and professional learning materials that will enhance any social studies classroom.

6. or 1. The C4 Framework is a series of resources and teaching strategies compiled on easy to use laminated cards that will encourage quality teaching and learning in the classroom.  Glenn created this series of instructional tools in response to the questions and requests for help he receives from teachers around the country.

7. or 2. Kevin Bleyer’s book, Me the People:  One Man’s Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to provide historical context for the writing of this important document.  In addition to many little known facts about the Constitution, Bleyer shares ways the Constitution could have been improved to eliminate much of the discord it causes today.

8. or 3. Would you like to have over 100,000 books available on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad at any moment?  That’s what you get for $9.95 a month with Oyster.  This tool makes it easy to have a complete library at your fingertips with choices ranging from today’s best sellers to beloved classics.

9. or 4. The Kansas State Social Studies Standards were approved by the State Board of Education in April 2013.  These standards focus on the equal importance of content and process in the development of historical thinking skills for students.  Explicit in the standards is the expectation that students will read and write in the discipline.  The standards provide a guiding framework for teachers while allowing for a wide range of creativity and flexibility in lesson design.

10. or 5. “How to Escape Education’s Death Valley” is Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk from April 2013.  In his humorous, inimitable way, Sir Ken shares the three things that are crucial for the mind to flourish.

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