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Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies

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Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies Multiple Strategies for the Delivery of Content Advance Organizers Interactive Notebooks Higher-order Thinking 10 Themes Culture by Robin Gauvreau
Fall 2012 advance organizers Social Studies

student generated
partially filled in for lower-level/EC
visualize and organize information
illustrate points of view
contrast historical or abstract facts with current events
vocabulary (Frayer Model)
Venn diagrams Students need to:
describe
analyze
interpret
explain the impact...
determine cause and effects What is Social Studies? Time, Continuity, and Change People, Places, and Environments Individual Development and Identity Individuals, Groups, and Institutions Power, Authority, and Governance Production, Distribution, and Consumption Science, Technology, and Society Global Connections Civic Ideals, and Practices (basis of the social studies content standards) "...to develop well-educated citizens who share a common body of knowledge drawn in a coordinated and systematic way from a range of disciplines and that content knowledge from the social studies should not be treated as knowledge to memorize, but as knowledge through which important questions may be explored" (Pearson, p.513). Why? National Council for the Social Studies, (2010). NCSS National
Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for
Teaching, Learning, and Assessment to Meet State Social
Studies Standards, Social Education, September 2010.
Retrieved from
http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/images/documents/7404217.pdf Additional References National Council for the Social Studies, (2010).The Revised NCSS
Standards: Ideas for the Classroom Teacher, Social Education, September 2010. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/images/RevisedNCSSStandards_Golston.pdf study guides concept maps thought provoking questions “...focus provides students with a framework for studying local, regional, national, and global issues that concern them, for understanding the interdependence of the world in which they live, and for making informed judgments as active citizens“ NC Standard Course of Study differentiated instruction Characteristics of Effective Teaching... list of dates and events
illustrate cause and effect
depict different events in history
indicate different periods of time Timelines political humor
explain perspectives on history or current events
opportunity to critique or analyze
can be student generated based on a topic Political Cartoons analyze and critique
view student products
use as a learning strategy
silent discussions Gallery Walks jigsaws
cooperative learning groups
projects
simulations
role playing Student -Centered Instruction... textbook timelines PowerPoint presentations videos gallery walks points of view current events projects jigsaws promotes respect of various points of view
well-supported positions
sensitivity to cultural differences and similarities
facilitates dialogue/debate/discussion
cultivates cross cultural understandings
facilitates project-based tasks and cooperative groups
promotes historical thinking
develops historical inquiry
focuses topics on authentic real-world issues
connects concepts across time (past, present, future) and place
provides authentic, creative and problem solving opportunities teachers determine students' social studies experience
students not inspired by lecture, textbook or worksheets
teachers often deny students a variety of teaching techniques, tend to use one method daily
teachers often encourage rote memorization of dates, names, places, etc. (does not help students think historically) Research found... with a variety of teaching methods students are more interested in content
students find cooperative learning, role playing and technology engaging
simulations increase understanding as well as interest
discussions/debates are valuable Stahl, R. (1994). Cooperative Learning in social Studies: A Handbook
for Teachers. New York, NY: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. "cooperative learning provides opportunities for students to learn, practice, and live the attitudes and behaviors that reflect the goals of social studies education" Russell, W. & Waters, S. (2010). Instructional Methods for
Teaching Social Studies: A Survey of What Middle School Students Like and Dislike about Social Studies Instruction. Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 14(2). Retrieved from: http://www.oak.edu/~oakedu/assets/ck/files/JLAS_SP10_Russell_Waters_2.pdf http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/docs/Pages/Characteristics-of-Highly-Effective-Teaching-and-Learning-(CHETL).aspx Big Ideas "...important concepts or principles that are more specific...fundamentally different than traditional concepts..." (p.515). Problem-Solution-Effect move
invent
dominate
accomodate
tolerate Multiple Perspectives Factors of Group Success motivation
leadership
resources
capability ...problem solving, decision making, analysis, and critical thinking require the application of an organizational strategy to understand and apply content knowledge (p.522). scaffolding - explain the impact of economic, political, social and military conflicts on the development of... d
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h not b r e a d t h... - compare historical and contemporary issues to understand continuity and change in the development of... - explain how migration and immigration contributed to the development of... - summarize how leadership and citizen actions influenced the outcome of key conflicts in... - explains how location and place have presentted opportunities and challenges for the movement of people, goods, and ideas in... - explain how individuals and groups have influenced economic, political and social change in... National Council for the Social Studies, (2010).The
Revised NCSS Standards: Ideas for the Classroom Teacher, Social Education, September 2010. Retrieved from http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/images/RevisedNCSSStandards_Golston.pdf Stahl, R. (1994). Cooperative Learning in social Studies: A Handbook
for Teachers. New York, NY: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. Russell, W. & Waters, S. (2010). Instructional Methods for
Teaching Social Studies: A Survey of What Middle School Students Like and Dislike about Social Studies Instruction. Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences 14(2). Retrieved from: http://www.oak.edu/~oakedu/assets/ck/files/JLAS_SP10_Russell_Waters_2.pdf
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