Welcome, Social Studies Teachers & Students!
A Little Bit About Me
My name is Chessa Gross, and I am approaching graduation from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a Masters in Teaching of Social Studies. After completing two semesters of student teaching in New York City Public Schools with tremendous mentorship and practice, I now feel confident to create my own classroom this fall. I am originally from the city of Atlanta, Ga, and attended a multilingual international school. Living in the South in the midst of an internationally diverse climate taught me a great deal about how to navigate and embrace differences across values, politics, and cultures. It was not until I moved to Washington, D.C., for college at Georgetown University that I began to appreciate the extent to which this unique background would benefit my work with regionally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse communities. Throughout college, I immersed myself in local and national issues regarding immigrant, labor, and women's rights. Post-college, I worked as a community organizer, where I had the opportunity to execute community interest campaigns among various groups throughout Washington D.C., negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and lead multilingual trainings with hundreds of people citywide. My talents in working with adults in the community have translated fluidly into working with young people. I decided to pursue teaching Social Studies to youth because of its transformative power to inspire students to learn about the world around them, envision alternatives for a more equitable society, and develop strategies to implement their ideas.
My Vision for this Site
In case you haven't already heard - being a new teacher isn't easy! I wanted to create this site as a resource for other new teachers in the Social Studies and Humanities fields who are interested in sharing content resources, lessons, and activity ideas. Moreover, I would like to use this site to address "big picture" ideas: How do we pique students' curiosity to the Social Studies? How do we create a classroom space that invites them to apply ideas and concepts to actively engage with the world around them? How do we implement innovative ways to develop students' critical thinking skills, paired with building their confidence to think and speak for themselves?
Explore this site to find resources that hopefully provide ideas for queries you may share as new or experienced educators!