Course DescriptionThis course is designed to introduce students in pre-service teacher education to social studies teaching, learning and assessment in the K-8 classroom. The five major areas of social studies instruction will be explored: civics, economics, geography, history, and social studies skills. A variety of teaching strategies will be modeled and discussed. The Instructor will provide related articles, and facilitate discussions and activities. Descriptive feedback will be given as students engage in lesson and unit planning. Theory and pedagogy will be discussed and studied in order to equip students in their elementary and middle school assignments. Students will explore ways to make teaching social studies meaningful, engaging, challenging, powerful and applicable. Students will be encouraged to begin establishing on-going professional development in the subject area. This course is also overtly aligned to the Social Studies competencies that are contained in the Elementary Education Endorsement Competencies.
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Understand, articulate and apply essential learnings for social studies in Washington State, including:
- Participatory citizenship and civic decision (1.F.1)
- Comprehend economic concepts and systems (1.F.2)
- Comprehend how geographic features and human cultures shape and impact environments (1.F.3)
- Evaluate historical events and themes and how they shape the Northwest, the United States, the world, and indigenous, and diverse cultures (1.F.4)
- Apply reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, and evaluate positions through reading, writing, and communicating (1.F.5, 4.C).
- Use the Washington State Social Studies Grade Level Standards as a guide for developing learning targets that are met through creating appropriate lessons, activities, projects and units (4.B, 4.D, TPA Task 1).
- Design lessons that integrate social studies with content areas other than social studies (4.0).
- guide students through inquiry and critical thinking by facilitating thoughtful discussions using effective questioning strategies (4.E).
- create assessments that target social studies learning targets (1.F.5.F, 5.A).
- identify effective strategies that are culturally responsive and developmentally and age appropriate, for increasing student engagement (2.0, 4.A, 4.B).
- Develop a reflective stance towards teaching through feedback.