Saturday, August 16, 2014

Teacher Resources

Hello fellow teacher,

About Me
I have been teaching high school sociology at Stevenson High School since 1999.  I teach a one-semester intro to sociology class there.  I have also been working with the American Sociological Association as a member of their High School Advisory Board (more info about the ASA below).  Additionally, I have been working with a group of high school teachers called the Chicago Area Sociology Teachers (CAST).   I did my undergrad at Loyola University and then I earned an M.A. there in Chicago Studies, an interdisciplinary urban studies program with a focus on Chicago.  It was mostly a sociology masters with some history mixed in.

About this blog

This blog is basically what I do in class each day.  You can go backwards down the blog and it will be like looking through my lesson plan book from back to front.  There are also links on the right side menu bar that will take you to my posts by unit and by topic.

Other Resources

Chicago Area Sociology Teachers (CAST)
Hayley Lotspeich from Wheaton North High School and I run a listserve for sociology teachers through google groups.   You can login to the Chicago Area Sociology Teachers listserve (if you created an account) here:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/chicagoareasociologyteachers
There is a searchable archive there with lots of discussions about lesson ideas.

Also for over ten years, Hayley and I have facilitated an annual lesson plan sharing event for sociology teachers.  It is usually during February at her high school in Wheaton.

ASA High School Resources
Around 2009, Hayley and I approach the American Sociological Association and said we would like to work with them to create more resources for high school sociology teachers and promote high school sociology.  The ASA has since created a high school group.  Check here for details:
http://www.asanet.org/teaching/HighSchool.cfm


ASA Trails
If you join the ASA, you get access to a web-based bank of lessons called Trails.  Without membership, you can search the Trails resources, but you will not be able to view or download them.


ASA Listserve
The ASA also has a listserve for high school teachers that has archives of discussions.  Go to http://listserv.asanet.org   You will see a log in page that asks for your email and password.  If you’ve never logged in before, click “get a new LISTSERV password” to set up a password.  Once you have your password and log in, you will see a page with all the ASA listservs.  Our list (ASA_high_school) isthe 8th one down the list.  Click on it.  You will come to a page that has a search box on the upper right corner.  Type in the topic you want (for example, “socialization”), and voila! – you can see the 19 posts on this topic over the past two years. 

AP Sociology - Introsocsite
Here is a compilation of resources originally designed by an ASA taskforce to move AP sociology forward.  There are copious resources here including lesson plans, unit outlines, simulations and readings.
http://www.asanet.org/introtosociology/home.html


Teaching Sociology
This is a journal of the ASA devoted to teaching sociology.  If your library has a JSTOR account you can digitally access archives of the journal Teaching Sociology.  It is full of lesson ideas.  Here is the journal page: http://www.asanet.org/journals/ts/


Other helpful sites include:


Soc Images:

Socimages is a great site that uses visual images to illustrate sociological concepts.
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/
They even organized a syllabus for an intro class, it is on their instructor page here:
http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/for-instructors/
And they have sample lessons here:

https://thesocietypages.org/socimages/tag/sample-assignments/

Teaching Sociology Blog:
Here is a blog about teaching sociology:
http://thesocietypages.org/teaching/


Sociology Toolbox

https://thesocietypages.org/toolbox/about/
This website run by Todd Baer from Lake Forest College is hosted on the Society Pages 
Nathan Palmer's Website about teaching sociology:

https://thesocietypages.org/sociologysource/

Sociology and videos:

Here is a website with movies for sociology:



Common Core Civic Life Standards for Sociology:
The C3 framework for social studies contains an appendix with sociology standards that I co-authored.  Click here to download the whole framework.


Census Bureau Lessons
Sociology Lessons with data from the US Census Bureau
https://www.census.gov/schools/activities/sociology.html

Sociology Teachers on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/818686408244983/

High School Teachers on Facebook:
HS Teachers of Sociology
https://www.facebook.com/groups/486893378140308/

College Sociology Facebook Group:
Teaching With A Sociological Lens
https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachingsoc/


Twitter hashtag for teaching sociology:

#sociochat


Socioquest Website with webquest activities



Sociology Source blog

https://thesocietypages.org/sociologysource/
This is a teaching sociology blog run by Nathan Palmer and hosted by The Society Pages

Print Resources


Sociology through Active Learning: Student Exercises.  Kathleen McKinney and Barbara S. Heyl, editors. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. 2009. ISBN: 978-1-4129-5703-83  (Also has an Instructor's Manual with background on each student exercise and further suggestions for use.)



The Creative Sociology Classroom   A set of curriculum materials—lesson plans, mostly—have been put together for high school sociology teachers by the Sociology Department at Appalachian State University.  It is available for $15 from:

Dr. Jan Rienerth

Dept of Sociology and Social Work

Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina  28608



BLOGS DESIGNED TO EDUCATE YOUR STUDENTS



* Everyday Sociology Blog (http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/)

* Sociology In Focus (http://www.sociologyinfocus.com/)


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