I can only write about blogging from my point of view and what I have learned about the bloggers that I follow in my Google Reader and blog post that are recommended through my Twitter feed. In some ways I feel uncomfortable writing about it here, but after reading posts at Langwitches about the posts [...]
Entries Tagged as 'social studies'
December 2, 2011 · No Comments · Blogging, Common Core Standards, connective writing, Content-Area Writing, Digital Literacies, learning, literacy, Literacy in Social Studies
October 25, 2011 · No Comments · 21st Century, history, Inquiry-Based Instruction
The video says it all! Why use primary sources in teaching? What role does this play in 21st century literacy(ies)?
October 23, 2011 · No Comments · Inquiry-Based Instruction
Example of using a primary source to teach social studies. Inquiry starts with students’s questions.
October 9, 2011 · No Comments · 21st Century Literacies
Literacy is the key to effective social studies instruction. “Next to languge arts, social stuides is perhaps the most intensively literate of the disciplines.” (Schmoker, pg. 133) Social studies promotes the deep understanding of the human condition. It requires us to read closely and to move way beyond the literal meaning. In no other discipline [...]
March 6, 2010 · 1 Comment · 21st Century, history, social studies
Historical thinking is defined, according to Wikipedia, by many education resources as a set of reasoning skills that students of history should learn as a result of studying history. Sometimes called historical reasoning skills, historical thinking skills are frequently described in contrast to history content such as names, dates, and places. Many of us are [...]
March 1, 2010 · 3 Comments · 21st Century, history, social studies
Social Studies is most important in the early years of an elementary child’s schooling. It is often the most neglected subject that is taught in the elementary grades. It ranks with less importance than Math and ELA, but offers the most natural link to fostering curiosity, learning, reading, and writing. It is the subject that [...]
February 28, 2010 · 2 Comments · history, Miscellaneous, social studies
Charles Fraser (1782-1860) was a popular and respected artist from Charleston, SC. The leading miniaturist in Charleston prior to the Civil War, Fraser studied and practiced law until 1817 when he took up painting. Although he lived in Charleston, SC, he made many summer visits to the northern states. He produced over 500 miniatures in [...]
February 22, 2010 · No Comments · history, social studies
I wish that this was my idea but it is not. I rarely have original ideas but back in October we was brainstorming with an awesome group of 3-5 teachers, my Teaching American History Cohort group and this idea came up. In many K-5 science classrooms across the state, kits organized around different themes that [...]
February 20, 2010 · No Comments · social studies
I am designing a pedagogy class through the College of Charleston called “Teaching and Learning History in the K-5 Classroom.” It should be an awesome mix of guest presenters on topics from using historical thinking, historical literature, making sense of history using the five senses (art, music, movement, digital literacy), reading and writing in social [...]
February 6, 2010 · No Comments · social studies
Today I sat in awe while I watched a fifth grade teacher incorporate primary source documents into a lesson on WWII. The lesson was in progress when I entered the room. Mrs. A was giving book introductions to all the historical fiction novels she was recommending for her students to read. She went through her [...]