When I implement a novel study in social studies, there are a few activities that really work for me in terms of aiding student comprehension. I'll go into what these strategies are, how to use them, and how they help. But first, a note about reading aloud.
A recent conversation with a seven-year-old has given me a lot to think about. I started with the typical questions and eventually worked my way to the topic of school. “What do you think of school?”
How does a teacher narrow down over 5000 years of human history and culture for the classroom? Use essential questions!
Before we as educators are able to make thinking visible to students we have to first make the processes and procedures of thinking visible to ourselves.
This year at NCSS (National Council for the Social Studies), we went around asking one question to attendees—"Why do you love social studies?"
The flipped classroom allows students to build background knowledge outside school, freeing up time for more hands-on learning in the classroom.
It’s not a stretch to say that Hispanic/Latino students have an ancestral background in the subjects we teach.
Few would argue with the importance of vocabulary knowledge in all school subjects.
If you’re new to hands-on learning, or have used it for some time, you may be asking yourself, “What do I look for when selecting hands-on learning resources?”