Elementary Social Studies Constructing a Powerful Approach to Teaching and Learning

ISBN-10: 0618443606
ISBN-13: 9780618443604
Edition: 2nd 2006
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Book details

List price: $152.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

This text frames and develops a coherent, practical, and engaging approach to teaching and learning elementary social studies. The authors combine the latest research on learning patterns, curriculum structure and presentation, and assessment with practical issues like classroom management, goal establishment, and creative lesson planning. "Elementary Social Studies" is organized according to four commonplaces of education--learners and learning, subject matter, teachers and teaching, and classroom environment--to help teachers create a powerful learning environment for their students. The Second Edition includes additional emphasis on issues of multiculturalism and diversity and teaching in the lower primary grades."Theory-to-Practice" examples, identifiable by marginal icons, concentrate on incorporating constructivist principles into the teaching/learning process (Chapter 2), and on choosing teaching strategies, curriculum materials, and classroom assessments (Chapter 5).References to social studies standards and standardized assessments throughout the text help students understand how their lessons relate to the certification process and the assessment of schools, teachers, and students.Explicit connections between social studies and language arts instruction (Chapter 4) are drawn to provide guidance on teaching in schools that have marginalized social studies instruction in order to concentrate on reading and math in preparation for standardized testing.Houghton Mifflin Video Cases, four- to six-minute video modules presenting real classroom scenarios, enable students to observe the day-to-day challenges and rewards of teaching from the convenience of their computers.Available on the Online Teaching and Study Centers, HM Video Cases are enhanced by classroom artifacts, Viewing Questions, Interview Transcripts, Key Terms, and bonus video footage.

Note: Each chapter concludes with a Chapter
Summary and Teaching Resources
The Commonplaces of Education: A Framework for Powerful Social Studies Teaching
Creating a Framework for the Social Studies Classroom Introducing the Commonplaces Looking at the Commonplaces in Interaction
Learners and Learning: Understanding What Students Know and How They Come to Know It Knowing and Learning About Social Studies
A Constructivist View of Learning Social Studies
Subject Matter
A Threads Approach But There's Just Too Much Here! The Threads Approach
Teachers and Teaching
Working with Big Ideas Teachers and Teaching Putting It All Together with Big Ideas
The Big Idea as Key to Pedagogical Action
Teachers and Teaching
Choosing Strategies
Curriculum Materials, and Assessment Techniques Pulling Together a Pedagogical Plan Teaching Strategies
Curriculum Materials Assessment Influences on Teachers Content and Instructional Decisions
The Classroom Environment
Creating a Genuine Community
The Complex Nature of Social Studies Classrooms
Traditional Classroom Environments
The Promise of Genuine Classroom Communities
Putting the Commonplaces into Action
Purposes, Goals, and Objectives for Teaching and Learning
Goal Frameworks and Good Citizens Educational Goal Frameworks and the Supporting Arguments Sources for Guidance About Goals Building a Goal
Framework Some Parting Thoughts About Goals
Unit Planning and the Commonplaces
Pulling It All Together Applying the Commonplaces Creating the Unit Plan Parting Thoughts
Becoming a Reflective Social Studies Teacher Defining Reflective Practice Reflectiveness in Teaching
An Illustration Reflection and the Social Context of Teaching Review of Key Themes
Some Parting Thoughts
Appendix: Content Resources from Children's Literature

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