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Best Practices: Social Studies
Transcript of Best Practices: Social Studies
A Quick Look at the NCSS Standards
Time, Continuity, and Change
People, Places, and Environments
Individual Development and Identity
Civic Ideas and Practices
Production, Distribution, and Consumption
Power, Authority, and Governance
Science, Technology, and Society
Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
Four Learning Skills
1. Acquiring information and manipulating data
2. Developing and presenting policies, arguments, and stories
3. Constructing new knowledge
4. Participating in groups
Why are these important?
What are the best practices?
Students of social studies need regular opportunities to investigate topics in depth.
Students need opportunities to exercise choice and responsibility by choosing their own topics for inquiry.
Social studies teaching should involve exploration of open questions that challenge students' thinking.
To make concepts real, social studies must involve active participation in the classroom and the wider community.
Social studies should involve students in both independent inquiry and cooperative learning in order to build skills and habits needed for lifelong, responsible learning.
Social studies reading should include engaging real-world documents and not just textbooks.
Social studies should involve students in writing, observing, discussing, and debating to ensure their active participation in learning.
Social studies learning should build on students' prior knowledge of their lives and communities, rather than assuming they know nothing about the subject.
Social studies should explore the full variety of cultures found in America, including students' own backgrounds and other cultures' approaches to various social studies concepts.
Social studies should avoid tracking of students because it deprives various groups of the knowledge essential to their citizenship.
Social studies evaluation must reflect the importance of students' thinking and help prepare students to be responsible citizens, rather than rewarding memorization of contextualized facts.
What can parents do to help?