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Comment by Tara Ulmer on January 7, 2014 at 9:03pm

I know that Peace Corps would love to talk through their World Wise Schools program for teachers.  With more globalized education happening through 1:1 schools, I think it would be beneficial!

Comment by Karen Marshall on October 16, 2013 at 12:43am
A chat about teaching effective research skills would be nice. I have a lot of ideas and I know how I want my students to conduct their research, but conveying that information in an engaging way that doesn't leave them frustrated is something I'm still working on.
Comment by Jackie Jecha on September 25, 2013 at 7:54pm

Integrating museums and other cultural institutions into lesson plans.  I recently left the classroom and joined the Newseum education team and we have so many great resources - and they're free!  We would love to share how to use them in classroom! And, it would be great to get other organizations involved in the discussion as well.  

Comment by Linda Scherrer on August 29, 2013 at 7:56pm

Thematic Based Social Studies Instruction, please :)

Comment by Joe Taraborrelli on June 3, 2013 at 9:05pm

Creating lessons that use primary sources AND revolve around a central question.

Comment by Jenna Gormley on February 15, 2013 at 10:32am

Standards based assessments and grading

Comment by Justi Echeles on February 4, 2013 at 8:51pm

Teaching environmental issues; developing curriculum about the environment for either global studies or u.s. history courses...

Comment by Corbin Moore on January 17, 2013 at 7:51pm
The Teaching Channel has great PD Videos for SS Teachers and more.
Comment by Corbin Moore on January 17, 2013 at 7:44pm
Check out the OCSS YouTube Channel to access high quality PD videos at It's easy to create your own channel to archive short videos for class.
Comment by Corbin Moore on January 17, 2013 at 7:39pm
Help the Ohio Council for the Social Studies "Save World History in Ohio." Please go to and sign our petition to make World History a required course for graduation along with American History and Government.
Comment by Carly Wenner on September 23, 2012 at 5:38am

Someone mentioned this on Twitter a while back but I don't remember who, I thought it was a great idea. Every month a new education tool/website is picked and people experiment with it for the month and then share how they used it. It'd be interesting to see how others are using the resources out there, perhaps in ways we never thought possible.

Comment by Maritza Cha on September 9, 2012 at 4:59pm

@mina - I have run a presidential campaign and it is very effective. Contact me at if you would like to discuss it more

Comment by Justen Eason on August 5, 2012 at 6:51pm

Like Mina, I would love to chat about ways to implement/teach about a current presidential campaign.

Comment by MIna Harrison on July 26, 2012 at 4:24pm

Has anyone ever ran a presidential campain in their classroom? I was just brainstorming and thought it would be perfect. Any suggestions?


Comment by Anne Beck on June 25, 2012 at 4:30pm

I would love to have a chat and discuss how other teachers are using infograhics in the classroom and connecting them with the new Common Core standards

Comment by ron_peck on June 10, 2012 at 5:50pm

Thanks for all of your great ideas. We will be incorporating these into the chat this summer. Look for an additional chat each week for #sschat. :-)

Comment by pat swiatek on June 9, 2012 at 12:02pm

Meeting the common core with interesting activities that will spark students' interest, ideas, participation, etc...(not too much to ask for now, is it???)

Comment by Erika Daman on May 30, 2012 at 10:46pm

Co-teaching, examples of lessons that may use small groups or really take advantage of having two teachers in there. I am also looking for ideas to improve my students understanding of economic vocabulary

Comment by Nate Everett on May 27, 2012 at 7:28am

How do you want to grow professionally as an educator? What is your vision? What resources/support can help you on your journey? 

Comment by Melissa Seideman on March 27, 2012 at 9:32pm

How do you incorporate primary sources into you classroom?

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