Videos for Teachers

Short professional development videos to introduce new strategies and refresh old skills

 

Discover new teaching practices and refresh your pedagogy with these short videos aimed to give introductions to new or modernized teaching ideas, strategies, and social studies skills. Released monthly, the videos will range in topics such as introductions to primary source instruction to literacy practices in the social studies. Watch this page, Facebook, or subscribe to the e-Newsletter for new videos.

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Minnesota Academic Standards in Social Studies

Minnesota Social Studies Introduction

View this short animated video for an introduction to the 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies. For more information and social studies resources, visit Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE)

Length: 4.5 min.

Overview of the 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies

Learn about the background, organization, and components of the 2011 Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards in Social Studies. For more information and social studies resources, visit Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education (CSSE)

Length: 7 min.
Presenter: Jessica Winkelaar

 

Teaching with Primary Sources

Teaching with Census Records

Census records are a treasure trove of historical information. Once you learn where to find census records and how to analyze them, you can learn about subjects such as immigration, families, and change over time.

Length: 15 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison

Using Primary Sources: Newspapers

Newspapers can tell us so much about local, national and international news, but there's so much text, how do we know where to start? Get some helpful hints about effectively using newspapers with students.

Length: 15 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison

Using Primary Sources: Photographs

Photographs are a great entry point into primary sources, and can appeal to young learners, ELL students, and struggling readers. Get tips for finding photographs online and tips for classroom use.

Length: 15 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison

Using Primary Sources: Objects

Objects tell amazing stories! Learn about ways that you can incorporate objects into classroom instruction to more deeply engage your students in the past.

Length: 15 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison

 

Literacy and Social Studies

Literacy Practices in the Social Studies

Segment 1: Using Multiple and Diverse Texts

Learn why to use multiple and diverse texts. Explore how to use sourcing, corroboration, and contextualization. Practice "interrogating" a text with a poem, artifact, painting, photograph, government source, portrait, and infographic.

Length: 25 min.
Presenter: Todd Beach

Literacy Practices in the Social Studies

Segment 2: Sourcing, Corroboration, and Contextualization

Critique diverse texts such as a painting, quotes, census data, campaign commercials, books (secondary sources), picture book, and TED talk. Use the CAPP strategy with texts, and DBQs to corroborate multiple texts.

Length: 24 min.
Presenter: Todd Beach

Literacy and Social Studies: Essential Elements of Learning

Segment 1: Why is LIteracy Important in Social Studies?

Understand why reading and writing are important in social studies.

Length: 17 min.
Presenter: Kari Ross

Literacy and Social Studies: Essential Elements of Learning

Segment 2: Strategies for Helping Students Learn Social Studies through Text

Learn new strategies for helping students learn social studies through text.

Length: 18 min.
Presenter: Kari Ross

 

Historical Thinking Skills

Historical Thinking Skills

Segment 1: Chronology

Learn about the difference between chronology and timeline focusing on chronology in the classroom.

Length: 9 min.
Presenter: Heidi Link

Historical Thinking Skills

Segment 2: Timelines

Continue learning about the difference between chronology and timeline focusing on timelines in the classroom. World Religion Timeline

Length: 11 min.
Presenter: Heidi Link

Historical Thinking Skills

Segment 3: What is Six Degrees of Separation?

Learn about a fun, interactive teaching strategy to gauge student understanding of historical causation and change over time.

Length: 10 min.
Presenter: Heidi Link

Historical Thinking Skills

Segment 4: How to Use Six Degrees of Separation

Encourage discussion, debate, and student voice in the classroom.

Length: 10 min.
Presenter: Heidi Link

 

Concept-Based Instruction

Concept-Based Instruction

Segment 1: What is Concept-Based Learning?

Concept-based learning helps students focus on "life's big ideas" which are applicable to other situations. Learn why concept-based learning is important and how concepts differ from knowledge and skills.

Length: 9 min.
Presenter: Ryan Higbea

Concept-Based Instruction

Segment 2: Finding Concepts within Benchmarks

Learn a process to identify the concept within Minnesota social studies benchmarks and write a concept statement. Walk through three examples, making sure that each concept statement is "TAUT" (timeless, abstract, universal, and transferrable.)

Length: 5 min.
Presenter: Ryan Higbea

Concept-Based Instruction

Segment 3: When to Incorporate Concepts

Concepts should drive curriculum, instruction, and assesment. Walk through examples of a concept-based unit plan, lesson, and assessment that you can use in your classroom.

Length: 12 min.
Presenter: Ryan Higbea

 

Recorded Webinars

African Americans in Early Minnesota

African Americans made up a small percentage of early Minnesota's population, but that small population played important roles in the territorial and early statehood years.Watch this recorded one-hour webinar discussing the lives and contributions of Minnesota's earliest black residents.

Length: 56 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison

Social Studies Skills in the Elementary Grades

In this 60-minute webinar, you will be introduced to (and practice using!) a sketch map, economic decision-making process, primary source analysis, and civic engagement.

Length: 59 min.
Presenter: Kate Stower, Jess Winkelaar

The Lincoln Assassination and the End of the Civil War

Join the Minnesota Historical Society and Ford's Theatre for a one-hour webinar as we examine the impact of the Lincoln assassination and the end of the Civil War on the American public, and in particular on Minnesotans.

Length: 56 min.
Presenter: Jessica Ellison, David McKenzie