social studies

When I remember social studies classes, I most often recall reading from dated textbooks and completing essays or worksheets to accompany the text.  Social studies was not usually an engaging experience, relying on more traditional paper-and-pencil methods that relayed a somewhat dry method of presenting interesting information. But with the rise of technology, the modern classroom is changing.  ...
Bloodshot eyes. Deadpan, drooling faces. Communicating in shrugs, grunts, and moans. This is not a scene from the popular AMC zombie-drama “The Walking Dead,” but a typical scene from many classrooms across the country. In the technological, fast-paced, ever-changing, social media-based society we live in, educators are constantly struggling to keep students interested in what is happening in the...
This year I am teaching civics and economics as a middle school social studies teacher. While the content classroom brings new challenges and opportunities to student-directed learning, I'm working to negotiate content with students so that we can package a particular standard into work that holds meaning for them. For the gamers, this means learning about civics and economics through games....
How might students develop nuanced views of history and be inspired to uncover the histories of their own communities? Online digital archives of oral histories might just help teachers answer this question. One such archive created by The HistoryMakers provides a students and teachers with an online collection of African American oral histories that are compelling and thoughtfully cataloged....