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.

Values: A Foundational Aspect of Choices Approach

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 Choices Sampler: Lessons from Choices Curriculum Units

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.

Free Resources

Our Teaching with the News lessons 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.

Professional Development

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)

Why should students consider history from multiple perspectives? (Gross)

What is historical memory? (Gross)

How can studying local history deepen our understanding of larger historical forces? (Jacoby)

What is critical oral history? (Blight and Lang)

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