Thursday, March 1, 2012

Introduction to the Teaching High School Sociology Blog

Welcome to this new blog, my name is Chuck Schallhorn and I am currently teaching at San Benito High School in Hollister, California.  Over time, my plan with this blog is to share resources so teachers of sociology can have an online location to share ideas and become exposed to new sources of information.  Although I am not teaching sociology currently, I have many resources that I look forward to sharing with teachers of sociology.  I also look forward to having many current teachers share their own lessons and insights.

While our university counterparts are able to use virtually any resource and discuss any topic freely, because we teach at the high school level, there are likely restrictions on what we can teach depending upon the community in which we teach.  One of my goals is to assist teachers in making these accommodations while still staying true to the intent of sociology.

In addition to lessons, I will be recommending readings for teachers, books, videos, films and other resources that correspond well with the high school level.

My name is Chuck Schallhorn and I've been teaching for 25 years (since 1987).  My background includes teaching at multiple high schools in Indiana, Illinois and California, so I've been exposed to a variety of socioeconomic/social levels as well as culturally diverse communities.  Courses I have taught are Advanced Placement Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Honors Sociology, World Geography, U.S. Government, Hindu Literature, Cultural Anthropology, and Philosophy (Theories of Human Nature).  Thanks for coming along with me on this journey into the sociological imagination.


14 comments:

  1. Very happy to see this blog! It will be a great resource. Thank you for putting this together!

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  2. I am very excited to see what this has to offer. I teach Sociology in Minnesota and have a lot of flexibility with my curriculum. Great idea!

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  3. I love the idea of this blog. I use the AP Psychology blog extensively. I teach AP Psychology, psychology and sociology at a high school in Indiana. I have a great deal of flexibility with my sociology curriculum. I only teach seniors.

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  4. This is awesome, Chuck! I may have to get sociology into my school just so I can use this blog all the time. Well done!

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  5. My high school in Panama City Florida is planning to introduce a Sociology course beginning in August. We will be on a seven period schedule. What textbooks and syllabus can you recommend.

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  6. My high school in South Carolina is also planning to introduce a Sociology course beginning in August. We will be on either a 7 or 8 period schedule. I also would like to know what textbooks and syllabus you would recommend.
    p.s. Although I am certified in Social Studies, I have not taught anything in Soc. Studies since graduating from college om 2007 (I have only taught foreign language), so I am VERY rusty and feel like I don't know where to start. Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated.

    g. edwards

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  7. Greetings, I am going to teach Sociology starting monday (Im a special ed teacher that was asked to do this) and I am freaking out! Can I have some guidance? I do not have a syllabus and do not know which books would be best to use. Can you support me? My email address is salimon@laalliance.org.

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  8. EseChava--I tried to email you but the address did not work. Email me directly and I can assist.

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    1. can you try this email address limon.salvador@gmail.com or limon_salvador@yahoo.com!
      I would greatly appreciate it Chuck! I will be a greater teacher if I get my hands on a few more resources!

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  9. can you try this email address limon.salvador@gmail.com or limon_salvador@yahoo.com!

    I would greatly appreciate it Chuck! I will be a greater teacher if I get my hands on a few more resources!

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  10. Anybody have any great lessons for introducing the sociological perspective (I am using Henslin's book) as our classroom text. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks

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  11. Thank you for doing this!!!! My sociology class is geared for lower level readers/ reluctant learners. Do you have any good readings or book suggestions?

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  12. Hi All, feel free to join the google group called Chicago Area Sociology Teachers. It has lots of resources.

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    1. Can I get some information for this group... a website perhaps?

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