Tools for Teaching Social Studies

Engage your students AND keep your sanity with classroom-tested tools. Tools for Teaching Social Studies delivers a wealth of practical solutions for classroom success — all grounded in solid educational philosophy. A lifeline for new social studies teachers and a source of inspiration and ideas for experienced teachers, this book offers you a boost at every stage of your career. Based on a master teacher’s four decades of experience, this top-notch toolkit is packed with strategies:
Learn five key teaching principles that put you and your students on the path to success.
Discover your unique style.
Connect with your students.
Set and achieve realistic professional and personal goals.
Stay organized and manage your time effectively.
Empower yourself as a teacher.
Avoid burn-out.
Facilitate effective group work.
Create engaging learning plans.
Make the right use of social media. And much more!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Copyright 5
Acknowledgements 6
Contents 7
Introduction 10
SECTION 1 - Being a Teacher - Linking It Together: Thinking about Teaching 12
TOOL 1.1 - Finding Your Teaching Identity 13
TOOL 1.2 - Becoming an Empowered Teacher 16
TOOL 1.3 - Setting Teaching Goals 20
TOOL 1.4 - Supporting Yourself 27
TOOL 1.5 - Managing Your Expectations 30
TOOL 1.6 - Managing Your Time 33
TOOL 1.7 - Participating in Professional Development 36
SECTION 2 - The Practice of Teaching - Linking It Together: The Importance of Planning 38
TOOL 2.1 - Using the Program of Studies/Curriculum 39
TOOL 2.2 - Planning a Unit 42
TOOL 2.3 - Writing a Lesson Plan 46
TOOL 2.4 - Building a Community of Learning 52
TOOL 2.5 - Establishing Class Routines 57
TOOL 2.6 - Staying Organized 61
SECTION 3 - Engaging Students - Linking It Together: Meeting Students’ Needs 65
TOOL 3.1 - Telling Stories 68
TOOL 3.2 - Using Student-Centred Learning 70
TOOL 3.3 - Using Group Work 72
TOOL 3.4 - Encouraging Homework and Study Routines 78
TOOL 3.5 - Fostering Inclusion 84
TOOL 3.6 - Promoting Social Justice 88
TOOL 3.7 - Engaging Diversity 92
TOOL 3.8 - Working with FNMI Students 99
TOOL 3.9 - Addressing Mental Health 101
TOOL 3.10 - Communicating with Parents 108
SECTION 4 - Teaching Literacy Skills - Linking It Together: Literacy Includes Skills of Understanding 113
TOOL 4.1 - Presenting Course Content 114
TOOL 4.2 - Taking Notes 120
TOOL 4.3 - Using Textbooks 123
TOOL 4.4 - Reading and Discussion 131
TOOL 4.5 - Reviewing Vocabulary 136
TOOL 4.6 - Writing Position Papers 140
TOOL 4.7 - Writing Social Studies Essays 143
TOOL 4.8 - Writing Reports Using Pictures 146
TOOL 4.9 - Writing on the Computer 151
TOOL 4.10 - Writing Tribute Poems or Essays 155
TOOL 4.11 - Writing and Using Personal Value Dilemmas 158
TOOL 4.12 - Preparing and Structuring Debates 161
TOOL 4.13 - Asking Good Questions 169
TOOL 4.14 - Teaching Chronology and Concentricity 175
TOOL 4.15 - Teaching Critical Analysis 180
SECTION 5 - Assessment - Linking It Together: Make Assessment Frequent, Varied, Fair, and Positive 184
TOOL 5.1 - Planning Your Evaluation Scheme 187
TOOL 5.2 - Recording and Calculating Marks 191
TOOL 5.3 - Writing Thought-Provoking Multiple-Choice Questions 194
TOOL 5.4 - Creating Quick Quizzes 200
TOOL 5.5 - Creating a Good Final Exam 206
TOOL 5.6 - Grading Social Studies Essays 213
TOOL 5.7 - Using Rubrics 216
TOOL 5.8 - Using Alternative Assessment Strategies 221
TOOL 5.9 - Separating Grades from Feedback 228
TOOL 5.10 - Getting Feedback from Students 230
SECTION 6 - Technology - Linking It Together: Integrate Technology into the Curriculum 233
TOOL 6.1 - Integrating Technology 234
TOOL 6.2 - Choosing Social Media 237
TOOL 6.3 - Using Movies 241
TOOL 6.4 - Keeping Track of Moviesand Video Materials 247
TOOL 6.5 - Incorporating Music 249
TOOL 6.6 - Using Computer Applications 252
SECTION 7 - Research and Experiential Learning - Linking It Together: Connect with Students’ Lives 256
TOOL 7.1 - Synthesizing and Generalizing 258
TOOL 7.2 - Distinguishing between Fact and Opinion 261
TOOL 7.3 - Creating Safe Spaces for Sharing 264
TOOL 7.4 - Encouraging Tolerance, Understanding, and Critical Thinking 266
TOOL 7.5 - Promoting Student Voices and Government 270
TOOL 7.6 - Encouraging Reflection 274
TOOL 7.7 - Bringing History to Life 277
TOOL 7.8 - Using Oral History 281
TOOL 7.9 - Building Living Libraries 287
TOOL 7.10 - Using Fieldtrips 289
TOOL 7.11 - Using Statistics 292
TOOL 7.12 - Using Newspapers as a Resource 297
TOOL 7.13 - Searching and Researching 300
Conclusion: Wrapping Up a Philosophy of Teaching 308
Notes 311