Teaching Social Studies - 2.12.15
By aabiller, Updated
Story board intended to demonstrate my understanding of teaching social studies to elementary students
You know, Mom, I really enjoy them and feel like I've been learning a lot! I've come to realize that bias is present practically everywhere in education, even subjects I wouldn't have considered, like social studies!
But Mom, this is important! Controversial issues in education should not be avoided! Teachers should be able to address them in an appropriate way that allows students to be informed!!
How are your classes going this semester, Abs?
Really? What can you do about that as a teacher?
Well, now that I'm aware of the types of biases that may be incorporated in my future curriculum, I know that it's important to present content from multiple perspectives, not just the textbook's.
I see where you're coming from, Abs, but not so loud, people are starting to stare...
I've also learned that there is constant debate in our society about education. This isn't really a bad thing, though. We need to evaluate and challenge aspects of education in order to improve it!!
That is true, and it seems as though you're very passionate about this. How are you going to apply that understanding to your future classroom?
Good question, Mother. As a teacher, I will hold the power to adapt my lessons to meet my students' needs, and if that involves addressing controversial debates, I will do so. I will be sure to acknowledge to parents and my principal that these issues are being addressed, though.
It seems like this class is really helping you to consider important aspects of education!
I definitely think so, too. That's not all though! From different readings and discussions we've had in this class, I also find that I agree more with the transactional view of learning, and, and...
Uh oh. What did I get myself into...
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