A Vision For Powerful Social Studies

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A Vision For Powerful Social Studies

  1. 1. A Vision for Powerful Social Studies
  2. 2. Meaningful <ul><li>not trivial </li></ul><ul><li>  useful in and out of school </li></ul><ul><li>  centers on powerful ideas </li></ul><ul><li>  emphasizes authentic activities and assessments </li></ul>
  3. 3. Value-Based <ul><li>____ engages students in making decisions </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ aware of social policy implications </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ realizes social diversity </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ sensitivity to cultural similarities and differences </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ commitment to social responsibility and action </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ involves critical thinking </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ recognition of opposing points of view </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ respect for well-supported positions </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ involves ethics </li></ul>
  4. 4. Challenging <ul><li>____ expected to strive to achieve instructional goals </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ challenged to come to grips with controversial issues </li></ul><ul><li>____ participate assertively but respectfully in group discussions </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ work productively with others (a learning community) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ well-reasoned arguments rather than opinions voiced without adequate thought or commitment </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ uses varieties of sources of information with different perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ makes well-reasoned and informed decisions </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Active <ul><li>___ flexibility requiring reflective thinking and decision making as events unfold during instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ captures &quot;teachable moments&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>____ physical activity as well as thinking activities relates prior knowledge to current experiences </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ via discussion, readings, writing, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ &quot;hands-on&quot; and &quot;minds-on&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  6. 6. Integrative <ul><li>______crosses disciplinary boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>  _____ across time and space </li></ul><ul><li>____ links past and present </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ links theory and reality </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ links research and practical applications </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ involves new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ connected with life and social issues </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>____ involves knowledge and skills </li></ul>

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