Course Description: Social studies program in elementary and middle schools emphasizing intellectual, social and affective development. Designing programs based on social priorities, modern socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and political concepts.
Course Objectives: To have students . . .
¥ Know why we teach social studiesAssignments (details given in class as necessary):
¥ Be familiar with the seven social studies disciplines
¥ Experience examples of the seven social studies disciplines
¥ Use the Curriculum Content Standards of Social Studies in Michigan to design instruction
¥ Have the class work together as a large group for class discussions and decisions
¥ Understand and practice working together in small groups
¥ Participate in an organization of social studies teaching professionals
¥ Participate in a social studies conference
¥ Use technology whenever appropriate
¥ See the methods used in this class as a model for constructivist teaching
Evaluation & Grading: A=94-100, A-=90-93, B+=87-89, B=83-86, B-=80-82, C+=77-79, C=70-76, Below 70=Not Passing of a possible 100 points. Article reviews turned more than 3 days late will lose a point; all other assignments may be turned in only on the day due. If you participate in a social studies conference it will raise your grade by a third.
Class Schedule: The dates for topics dealt
with in class will be announced in class and deadlines will be determined
by the instructor in collaboration with the class.
Required Text: Michigan Frameworks for Social Studies at University Copy Service. In addition, there will be expenses for field trips and *class copies of group assignments.
Suggested Additional Reading:
Constructivism (Papert, Piaget & Vygotsky)
Delpit, Lisa, Other Peoples Children
Gardner, Howard Frames of Mind
Glasser, William Quality School, A or Quality School Teacher
Goleman, Daniel Emotional Intelligence
Hunter, Madeline (Effective Teaching)
Johnson, Roger & David Circles of Learning
Kaplan, Leonard Asking the Next Question
Kelley, Earl Education for What Is Real
Kelley, Earl The Workshop Way of Learning
Kirschenbaum, Howard Wad Ja Get
Loewen, James W. Lies My Teacher Told Me
Oakes, Jeannie (Tracking)
Postman, Neil Teaching As a Subversive Activity
Rogers, Carl Freedom to Learn
The educated differ from the uneducated
as much as the living from the dead.