Category Archives: Social Studies

The Magnetic Debate

The Magnetic Debate is a discussion strategy in which participants are given an opportunity to influence others through persuasive speeches, sincere advice, and education so an informed decision can be made on a controversial issue.  Teachers become coaches as they … Continue reading

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Role-Play in the Classroom with Delicious.com

© 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D. Delicious.com is an online social bookmarking platform that stores and categorizes photos, videos, and articles that teachers can use to motivate and engage students. It is part of social media because teachers can see each other’s … Continue reading

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Imagery Walk

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading

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Heaping Pennies

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. This experiment portrays the idea that group cohesion is stronger than the individual members who form the group. Essential Question: What is group cohesion? What is a team?   Guiding Questions: For what reasons do people form … Continue reading

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Thematic Guiding Questions Pertinent to Adolescents

 by Andi Stix Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek © 2004  Social Studies Strategies for Active Learners, published by Teacher Created Materials Oftentimes teachers struggle with whether or not to teach Social Studies chronologically or thematically. Well, the teacher can easily do both, … Continue reading

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Viewing Events from Multiple Perspectives

 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek                                                                © 2003 Middle … Continue reading

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Helping Students Define Primary Source Documents

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. © 2001 The Interactive Classroom The primary source document has recently received more and more attention in national and state standards for all education levels.  And for the gifted student, the primary source document can stimulate and … Continue reading

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How to Address a Political Cartoon for Clearer Interpretation

© 2000 Andi Stix  Letter to the Editor, Published November 2000 in Social Education    Political Cartoons I applaud Ray Heitzmann’s article [September 2000], which discusses the use of political cartoons in the classroom. I am always in search of … Continue reading

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Enlivening Social Studies to Meet the Test

An Interview by Donna Greene with Dr. Andi Stix By Donna Greene, The New York Times, Sunday, March 5, 2000   Coming soon from the same people who brought New York students new test in reading and math – new … Continue reading

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Bridging the Standards Across the Curriculum with Portfolios

© 2000 Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by the Middle School Journal, V32, n1, p15-25 Sept. 2000)   Those of us who are involved in education, in whatever capacity, can sense the stirrings. Parents are voicing concerns about … Continue reading

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Differentiating the Curriculum- How We Established a Multi-Level, Young Adult Literature Bookroom for the Social Studies Department

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D., Recently, the District #2 Office in New York City mandated that all children at the middle school level should read 25 books per year.  While the burden of this mandate fell most heavily on … Continue reading

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Using Multi-Level Young Adult Literature in the Middle School American Studies

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Marshall George, Ed.D. ©  2000 Social Studies Journal, v91 n1 p25-31 Jan-Feb 2000 Talk to middle school teachers about the challenges of teaching today, and you are likely to be barraged with a long list … Continue reading

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Index Card or Guided Notes Games for Reinforcing Content

One of the most effective teaching strategy groups that is simple to implement involves  inexpensive index cards. Whether students keep guided notes while they read text or keep a dictionary of new words in an index box, the following strategies … Continue reading

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