"Kottler and Gallavan provide a wealth of valuable material, practical ideas, and wonderful hints for beginning social studies teachers to get started, get involved, and continue their own learning."
—Stephen Armstrong, Board of Directors
National Council for the Social Studies
"A very nice contribution to the social studies field, with a wide reach among both K–12 and preservice teachers. The authors do an excellent job in areas that are often overlooked, focusing on meaningful instruction, powerful teaching and learning, and NCSS standards."
—John K. Lee, Associate Professor
North Carolina State University
Practical guidelines for successful social studies instruction!
Using their proven formula for guiding novice, preservice, and experienced teachers, the authors synthesize real-world insights and the most practical elements of pedagogy to provide a ready-to-use resource of best classroom practices. Based on the authors' experience as teacher educators and skilled social studies teachers, this text helps practitioners:
- Make instruction meaningful
- Develop literacy to build social studies skills
- Incorporate district expectations and state standards
- Create a community of learners
- Collaborate with colleagues
The authors provide easy-to-follow lists, tips, and sample forms and letters to help teachers organize their daily work and reduce stress.