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Social Studies/History

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the social sciences.

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  • A Simple Strategy to Encourage Student Reflection and Improvement

    Middle school teachers can guide students to analyze a learning experience by asking about what went well and what could be improved.
    Christine Boatman
  • Using a Cooking Project to Enhance a World Language Class

    After studying the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a Latin class, students’ curiosity about what the people of Pompeii ate led to an unusual project.
  • 3 Ways to Enhance Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Middle and high school teachers can cultivate student agency to facilitate conversations about difficult subjects in history class.
  • Incorporating Students’ Native Languages to Enhance Their Learning

    Teachers don’t have to speak students’ first languages to make room for these languages in middle and high school classrooms.
  • 3 Strategies to Support English Language Learners in Social Studies

    Scaffolding such as visual guides and templates can make it easier for ELLs to grasp material in courses with complicated vocabulary.
  • Using Inquiry to Channel the Natural Curiosity of All Students

    Elementary school social studies classes are a good time to guide students to ask important questions about the world.
  • 3 Strategies to Boost Civics Education

    Teachers across the curriculum can promote civil discourse and share digital tools that help high school students develop the skills needed for citizenship.
  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
  • Morning Meetings From Pre-K to 12th Grade

    Daily discussions and team-building activities meet the physical, social and emotional, and spiritual needs of students.
  • Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Experiential learning—like making incense sticks in factory conditions—teaches kids about real social issues.
  • Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.

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