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Q & A Collections: Teaching Social Studies

By Larry Ferlazzo — July 29, 2014 2 min read

I’ll begin posting new questions and answers in late August, and during the summer will be sharing thematic posts bringing together responses on similar topics from the past three years. You can see those collections from the first two years here.

I’m alternating those posts with interviews I’m doing with authors about their new education books. So far this summer, I’ve interviewed:

‘There Are So Many Inspirational Teachers Out There': An Interview With Meenoo Rami

‘Collaboration Is Crucial': An Interview With Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & co-author Laura Kotch

‘A More Beautiful Question': An Interview With Warren Berger

Teaching Without Connecting Is ‘Futile': An Interview With Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker

Today’s theme is on teaching social studies. Previous themes have been:

Student Motivation

Implementing The Common Core

Teaching Reading and Writing

Parent Engagement In Schools

I’ll be spending the summer organizing questions and answers for the next school year, and there is always room for more!

You can send questions to me at lferlazzo@epe.org.When you send it in, let me know if I can use your real name if it’s selected or if you’d prefer remaining anonymous and have a pseudonym in mind.

You can also contact me on Twitter at @Larryferlazzo.

Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a variety of education publishers.

Also, you can listen to ten minute interviews I’ve done with contributors to this column at my BAM! Radio Show.

Lastly, remember that you can subscribe and receive updates from this blog via email or RSS Reader.

And, now, following an excerpt from one of those posts, here’s a list of all my columns related to teaching social studies:

From 2013/14

Ways To Teach Globalization

Four educators -- John T. Spencer, Diana Laufenberg, Jennifer D. Klein, and Jason Flom -- respond to this issue.

Teaching History By Encouraging Curiosity

Educators Diana Laufenberg, Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez and Peter Pappas contributed their responses to this piece.

Teaching History By Not Giving ‘The Answers’

Bruce Lesh, PJ Caposey, and Dave Orphal share their thoughts in this post, and I’ve also included comments from readers.

From 2012/13

Ways To Deal With ‘History Myths’ In The Classroom

Three talented and experienced educators share their thoughts on the topic -- Stephen Lazar, ReLeah Cossett Lent, and Bill Bigelow.

From 2011/12

Ed Week Readers’ Ideas On How We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively

Many readers and I contribute our suggestions....

Additional Ways We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively -- Part Two

Social Studies teachers Eric Langhorst, Beth Sanders and Russel Tarr all write about what they’ve learned from experience.

Several Ways We Can Teach Social Studies More Effectively -- Part One

This post includes guest responses from three talented and experienced educators: Stephen Lazar, Bill Bigelow, and Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez.

I hope you’ve found this summary useful and, again, keep those questions coming!

The opinions expressed in Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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