Social Studies Making it Meaningful


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Module 2 - NCSS Standards

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  • I have recently been certified to teach social studies, and I have worked closely with the NCSS Standards this past year. This slide share does a good job of breaking down the standards. They truly are a framework of the large concepts that we cover as social studies teachers. I think your two most important points are connecting material to our students' social world and to actively change things. My question for you in terms of these standards is that I see these standards as overarching themes that can coincide with any state standards, but because they are so encompassing how should we assess our effectiveness in teaching these standards?
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  • Notice that the most positive memories occurred when students minds were actively engaged in constructing new knowledge or revising prior knowledge.
  • Social Studies Making it Meaningful

    1. 1. Social Studies Making It Meaningful Dr. Melinda K. Butler Lewis-Clark State College
    2. 2. What Is Social Studies? <ul><li>What memories do you have? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How were you Assessed? </li></ul></ul>List these memories using the following Concept Map Ask others around you as well!
    3. 3. Concept Map Social Studies Positive Negative Instruction Activities Assessment
    4. 4. Notice that the most positive memories, likely occurred when students minds were actively engaged in constructing new knowledge or revising prior knowledge. Cynthia Sunal from the University of Alabama stated: “ Social studies is capable of engaging students so deeply that in 10, 20, or 30 years, they will reminisce fondly about Social Studies activities” 2002
    5. 5. What is Social Studies? <ul><li>NCSS definition: the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why Social Studies? <ul><li>The primary purpose of Social Studies, as explained by the NCSS, is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. </li></ul><ul><li>NCSS Curriculum Standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They divided it into 10 Themes of Social Studies </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Ten Themes <ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Time, Continuity and Change </li></ul><ul><li>People, Places, and Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Development </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals, Groups, and Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Power, Authority, and Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Production, Distribution, and Consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Science, Technology, and Society </li></ul><ul><li>Global Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Civic Ideals & Practices </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Information as to how to access a video that you will need to watch is at the end of this slide show. </li></ul><ul><li>This video will give you a more in depth description of these standards and show them in action in the classroom! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Social Studies Plays a Critical Role in Our Lives <ul><li>But if it consists of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorizing facts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading textbooks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watching videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answering questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And illustrating knowledge already learned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its impact on students is minimal </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>If instead it is perceived as an integral part of intellectual development connecting experience and the real world it becomes an essential part of the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>To do this we need to ….. WE MUST…. </li></ul>
    11. 11. We Need To <ul><li>Help them confront interesting problems related to their social world </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage them </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To observe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Express observations and ideas in drawings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Argue for their viewpoints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And to actively change things </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Have Students “DO” Social Studies <ul><li>Draw on thinking skills and knowledge from the entire school curriculum as they construct an understanding of their social world and seek to solve the problems it presents. </li></ul>
    13. 13. Teaching with Standards <ul><li>Standards serve as a framework as well as a guide for curriculum decisions </li></ul><ul><li>They are NOT THE ENEMY! </li></ul><ul><li>They help to define the knowledge, concepts and skills that should be acquired at each level. </li></ul><ul><li>They should be not be used AS the curriculum, but instead to REFLECT the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Studies have shown that even teaching with standards-aligned materials isn ’t enough to ensure that all learning expectations are met! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Now View the Video <ul><li>Log onto the following link. Choose either the Standards Overview for middle school grades, or the one for high school grades – whichever best fits your ultimate goal. (of course you can always watch them both if you wanted!) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down and find: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>15 - A Standards Overview, 6-8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22. A Standards Overview, 9-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AS you watch the video, be aware of the various types of instruction, teaching strategies, that you observe. </li></ul><ul><li>Use this information for your discussion. I will post a few ideas and questions on the discussion forum. </li></ul>