Resources for Methods Classrooms and New Teachers

To support the work of Methods Professors, we offer the following:

Free Digital Editions Bundle

Choices provides Social Studies Methods Professors with a complementary digital license to any three of our curriculum units.  Digital editions can be used in the Methods classroom, as well as in the student teaching classroom. Contact Mimi Stephens to request a digital license.

Values and Public Policy Lesson 

To assist Methods Professors in presenting the Choices approach for teaching about contested international issues, we offer our Values and Public Policy Activity. This video explains how the activity works.

The Choices Sampler

The Choices Sampler is a collection of individual lessons highlighting different skills and content topics drawn from eight different Choices units. We encourage their use in a Methods classroom, and we hope that Methods Professors will encourage preservice teachers to download the Sampler for use in their classroom. 

Free Teaching with the News Lessons and Videos

Choices’ Teaching with the News lessons and extensive collection of short free videos are an excellent resource for Methods professors to use to introduce the Choices Program.  Our video collection that addresses Historical Thinking Skills may be a good starting point.

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)

Introductory Workshops

The Choices Program holds introductory professional development workshops around the country.  If your institution might be interested in hosting us in exchange for four free seats in the program for your Education students, please contact Mimi Stephens for more information.


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