Secrets to Success for Social Studies Teachers

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Practical guidelines for successful social studies instruction! Using their proven formula for guiding novice, preservice, and experienced teachers, the authors synthesize real-world insights and the most practical elements of pedagogy to provide a ready-to-use resource of best classroom practices. Based on the authors' experience as teacher educators and skilled social studies teachers, this text helps practitioners: *Make instruction meaningful *Develop literacy to build social studies skills *Incorporate district expectations and state standards *Create a community of learners *Collaborate with colleagues The authors provide easy-to-follow lists, tips, and sample forms and letters to help teachers organize their daily work and reduce stress.

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Editorial Reviews

California Bookwatch
“Here are tips based on both the authors’ experiences as social studies teachers and the insights of colleagues, all distilled into a set of tips for formulating meaningful instruction.”
Stephen Armstrong
"Kottler and Gallavan provide a wealth of valuable material, practical ways,and wonderful hints for beginning social studies teachers to get started, get involved, and continue their own learning."
John K. Lee
"A very nice contribution to the social studies field, with a wide reach among inservice and preservice teachers. The authors do an excellent job in areas that are often overlooked, focusing on meaningful instruction, powerful teaching and learning, and NCSS standards."
David L. Moguel
"Kottler and Gallavan have done nothing less than write the story of a social studies teacher's year in the classroom, starting from the beginning stages of planning and proceeding to cover, with tremendous breadth and precision of detail, every possible aspect of the teacher's job. To readthis bookcover to cover is to be well prepared to teach social studies in today's classroom."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412950268
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/17/2007
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Kottler, Ed.S., has been a teacher for over 30 years in public and private schools, alternative schools, adult education programs, and universities. She has worked in inner-city schools as well as in suburban and rural set­tings. She was a curriculum specialist in charge of secondary social studies and law-related education for one of the country’s largest school districts. Ellen is the author or coauthor of several books for educators, including Secrets for Secondary School Teachers: How to Succeed in Your First Year, On Being a Teacher, Secrets for Beginning Elementary School Teachers, Counseling Skills for Teachers, English Language Learners in Your Classroom: Strategies That Work, Secrets to Success for Science Teachers, and Students Who Drive You Crazy: Succeeding with Resistant, Unmotivated, and Otherwise Difficult Young People.

She teaches secondary education and supervises intern teachers at California State University, Fullerton.

Nancy P. Gallavan is professor of teacher education in the MAT program at the University of Central Arkansas. She worked as an elementary and middle school teacher in the St. Vrain Valley and Cherry Creek School Districts of Colorado for twenty years while earning her master’s degree from the University of Colorado and her Ph D from the University of Denver. Prior to her current position, she was an associate professor of teacher education specializing in social studies and multicultural education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gallavan has authored more than sixty publications, including Secrets to Success for Elementary School Teachers (2007) and Secrets to Success for Social Studies Teachers (2008) with Ellen Kottler and What Principals Need to Know About Teaching Social Studies (2003).

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeff Passe
About the Authors
1. Design Your Classroom to Create Communities of Learners
2. Understand Standards to Develop Your Curriculum
3. Make Your Instruction Meaningful to Empower Learners
4. Align Assessments With Objectives to Strengthen Outcomes
5. Connect the Learning to Reach Students' Lives
6. Develop Literacy to Build Social Studies Skills
7. Plan With Students in Mind to Prepare Your Teaching
8. Collaborate With Colleagues to Expand Opportunities
9. Incorporate Resources to Make Social Studies Real
10. Integrate Technology to Enrich Learning
11. Seek Powerful Activities to Engage Learners
12. Reflect on Your Practices to Prepare for the Future
Resource A. Social Studies Textbook Evaluation Tool
Resource B. Sample Social Studies Concepts by Level
Resource C. Detailed Lesson Plan Guide
Resource D. Abbreviated Lesson Plan Tool
Resource E. Social Studies Curriculum Evaluation Tool
Readings and References

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