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Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Children to Be Social Scientists

Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Children to Be Social Scientists

by George W. Maxim
     
 

This brief, manageable, dynamic book helps teachers breathe life into their social studies teaching.  The book illustrates the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches and literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

The most practical of all social studies

Overview

This brief, manageable, dynamic book helps teachers breathe life into their social studies teaching.  The book illustrates the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches and literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

The most practical of all social studies methods books, this edition highlights fresh and creative strategies that build key social studies understandings, skills, and values.  The book is highly readable, offering a solid blend of sound theory and descriptions of exciting classroom practice.  Readers will feel they are being escorted through model social studies classrooms and come away from the reading with a clear vision of the most effective and creative way to teach social studies and to motivate elementary students to become social scientists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131712706
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
05/18/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.69(d)

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    Bringing the social studies curriculum to life for elementary and middle school students will encourage them to become informed, caring citizens who will make a difference in our world. Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Tomorrow's Social Scientists is a guide, tool, and reference to help you inspire your students. You'll come away from the reading with a clear vision of the most effective and creative ways to teach social studies and to motivate your students to become social scientists.

     

    This brief, manageable text helps teachers breathe life into social studies teaching, illustrating the creation of a dynamic social studies classroom with its constructivist framework, key instructional approaches, literacy-based pedagogy, text sets, activities, and classroom vignettes.

     

    Modeling Constructivist Teaching

    Constructivism is the most advocated approach for social studies instruction, and the most meaningful methodology for engaging students in their own learning. Building on the fundamental principals of constructivism, this text provides the most comprehensive presentation of constructivist classroom applications in the field.

     

    •    New! Part 3: Constructivist Approaches to Classroom Instruction presents threeentire chapters devoted to constructivist teaching covering the Learning Cycle, Cooperative Learning, and Inquiry and Problem Solving, modeling a clear and effective foundation for constructivist social studies teaching.

    •    Chapters on Young Historians, Young Geographers, and Young Political Scientists provide fresh perspective and insight into stimulating social studies teaching, capturing what it means to teach children to be social scientists through a constructivist approach!

     

    Emphasizing Creative Teaching in Today's Classroom

    You'll be escorted through model social studies classrooms, discovering how masterful teachers address the realities of contemporary classrooms to engage and motivate students.

    •    New! Inside an Active Classroom features, threaded throughout chapters, bring you right into lively, successful social studies lessons, clearly illustrating exemplar activities and projects from the classrooms of outstanding teachers.

    •    New! NCSS headings in every chapter point you toward information that will help you integrate the National Council for the Social Studies Standards in your teaching.

    •    New! Literacy connections to social studies teaching are designed to help you better prepare your future social scientists and help you plan for an integrated curriculum.

    •    New! Chapter Openings share an

    illustrative classroom example identifying one major theme for each chapter and demonstrating how that translates into classroom practice.

    •    Authentic classroom samples share children's artwork and writing, illustrating the responses you can expect to receive from your own students when you are successful at motivating and engaging them in social studies learning.

     

     

    Providing Dynamic Instructional Tools

    This lively new edition clearly illustrates the most effective and creative ways to teach social studies. Beginning with the sound philosophical approach of constructivism, the text offers many practical examples of classroom instruction, and includes the tools to assist you in bringing this framework to life in your own classroom.

     

    •    New! Text Sets in every chapter help you engage students in social studies through quality children's literature. These features offer readers an annotated collection of five or six books to use in classrooms to enliven social studies themes and topics, helping readers establish the strong connection between language arts and social studies.

    •    Classroom Activities throughout chapters help you develop background knowledge, and provide you with a bank of activities to take into your classroom.

     

     

    Addressing the Needs of Pre-Service Teachers and Professors

    The new edition presents a very streamlined, applied approach because university students and professors have a limited amount of time and need to focus on the most effective presentation of practices and sound research.

    •    Written in a readable, relaxed style, the text engages the reader.

    •    The manageable size and reduced price make the text a perfect fit for today's students, who have limited budgets, and today's professors, who have limited time.

    •    Supplements available to professors include an online Instructor's Manual with test bank and PowerPoints.

    •    A Companion Website is available for coursework and includes self-assessments, web links, advance organizers, and a Syllabus Manager for professors. This CW is designed to engage users, encourage reflection and practice, help readers gauge their understanding of text concepts, and provide professors with meaningful technological integration.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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