What Can You Not Live Without...

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  1. JessicaKellin

    JessicaKellin Rookie

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    Okay - Social Studies teachers (or any, really....):

    What is the one thing (or two or ten) that you cannot teach without?

    Is it a book, a resource, a tool, a magazine, etc.?

    I'm looking to build up my resources - please help!
     
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  3. Ross

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    Maps!

    The maps provided in textbooks and in the classroom are abysmal. I buy my own maps and have my own globe.

    I could easily buy dozens more.
     
  4. HMM

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    Chalk and a nice chalkboard.:)
     
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    A steady supply of paper.
     
  6. Ron6103

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    My entire curriculum is based around PowerPoint, with pictures, notes, video clips, and activities. Without my LCD projector, I would be quite upset.

    That said, my content knowledge is strong enough that I could get by with just a whiteboard. I just don't think I'd be as effective.
     
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    Forgive my opinion, Ross, but I'll take exception to buying your own maps and globes. Our rather senior SS teacher was reluctant to embrace technology but now that she's had a computer projector for a while, she adores the ability to download, project and manipulate up to date maps and a variety of other things. The entry price is high but if there's money to be spent I think it should be on a projection system and not on pull down canvas maps. Internet has millions of free maps!
     
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    I agree, but the chalkboard doesn't have to be "Nice". I do love starting the day on a clean board though.
     
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    My Promethean Board!
     
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    Online Maps..powerpoints..my jump drive WITH my powerpoints...Smartboard..technology!!!
     
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    WOW!! I hate chalkboards and chalk!! I would give anything to have a white board and dry erase markers over that any day!!
     
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    But why should a teacher have to purchase their own projection system? No way would I spend my own money on a projector for school.
     
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    Thats not what I think was said. I think what was ment was if the teacher was allowed money for stuff from the school they would do it. I don't think this teacher ment use personal paycheck money.
     
  14. Ross

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    I do spend my own money for my own maps - gladly.

    I also use the computer to view fabulous maps that I would never be able have on my own. Given the option, I would have each of my students with their own laptop where I could direct them to wonderful websites.

    But the maps I am talking about are the maps of the world, countries, and topography. I find most of the maps in the classroom adequate at best. Some of the maps are so small that it is difficult for the students to see. Many classrooms have no maps at all.

    The original question asked social studies teachers (and others) what thing(s) they could not teach without. For me, teaching social studies requires maps and my knowledge of the world and it's history.
     
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    White boards are evil. I hate working with markers. you can have 10 makers in the room and they all can be dead. if you have 10 pieces of chalk you have 10 pieces of chalk. you know exactly what you have to work with.

    Plus, I tend to erase small stuff with my hand...with the marker I can't do that.
     
  16. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    HMM-- EXACTLY my thoughts!

    Chalk dust is an occupational hazard. It washes out with a damp cloth-- no harm, no foul.
     
  17. sumnerfan

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    Chalk makes my hands dry and itchy. I don't like it at all.
     
  18. rmoreno

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    I just can't live without my daily walk on the beach with a very cold Diet Coke, after a long day of dealing with my monsters. These Mazatlan sunsets cannot be beaten!!! :cool:
     
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    I wish I could walk on the beach every day! I love my document camera and projector. And I have only had them less than one year! I quickly became hooked and need them!
     
  20. HMM

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    Another thing I can not live without is my ti89 Calculator.
     

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