Teaching Social Studies - 2.12.15

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Story board intended to demonstrate my understanding of teaching social studies to elementary students

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  • 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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