On Monday, August 24, 2015, I moderated a one hour Twitter chat on presidential history with social studies and history teachers from across the country (primarily middle school and high school). It was a fun opportunity to interact with these dedicated teachers on how to effectively communicate our rich history of presidents to their students.
Read the chat: An archive of the complete conversation or chat is available at https://storify.com/42ThinkDeep/sschat-presidential-history.
My Questions: After each person introduced themselves, we discussed the following questions that I developed:
- Which presidents serve as a good (and bad) role model for students and why?
- How is a president’s faith relevant or not important to being president? How do you discuss & handle this in the classroom?
- Effective presidents are often good negotiators. How can presidential examples help teach negotiation skills to your students?
- What is the proper role for former presidents & which man has done the best & worst job at this? What would your students say?
- What is the best presidential history website, or what online presidential information would be most helpful for you?
- What are best presidential biographies you’ve read & why? What presidential bios are good for the grades you teach?
- How do you explain controversial presidential elections (1824, 1876, 1960, 2000) to your students?
Questions on Google Drive: The questions are also available on a Google Drive document at: http://bit.ly/1eD0hEr
Your Opinion? What are your answers to some of these questions?