It's inherently vain to post lesson ideas. It’s a rare educator who doesn’t know many things I don’t or do numerous things in their realm far better than I could ever hope. I’m equally certain there are things which work for me that not every other teacher could pull off. It’s the nature of the profession – we talk about it like science (and some of it is), but we live it like art.
But I digress.
The point is, I originally hesitated to post my personal pedagogy for all the world to ignore. I’m doing it anyway. I encourage you to use anything you find useful, and to adapt it to your circumstances, style, and druthers, as you see fit. I'd love to hear from you if something works particularly well - especially if you changed something to make that happen.
My Teaching Philosophy – Because what could be a better use of bandwidth than one more opinion about how teaching should work?
Virtual Teaching (ELA) - I was looking for a change of pace and got certified in English. Then the pandemic hit, and the pace changed more than I expected.
Asking Questions, Pre-Reading, and the Voices In Your Head – Asking Good Questions, Pre-Reading, and other Miscellany generally applicable to whatever content you're teaching this time 'round.
Post-Reading Assignments (Artsy Fartsy Stuff) – Things to do after the material has supposedly been ingested to make it a bit stickier. Quick-Writes are also tucked in this section, despite being very much NOT artsy-fartsy.
Causes, Triggers, Events, and Results – Great end-of-semester or end-of-year review or exam prep. Use it to recap main ideas or explore connections more deeply.
Those Circle Things - These can be great bell-ringers, small group activities, assessments, or whatever else you want to try. Go deep or keep them festive; your call.
Primary Sources (Text) & Political Cartoons – Primary Sources and, um... well, you probably figured this one out already.
Reading in Social Studies – Book suggestions for specific grades and topics, along with why I think you should read more in Social Studies. Your suggestions are strongly encouraged.
Oklahoma History Resources - I'm sure you out-of-state readers will find it amusing that this is even a subject - but we do teach it, and there are good parts. So, in the words of the immortal philosophers, shut up.
Document Activities - Maybe the coolest things I've ever created for class, so I thought they deserved their own segment.