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Olbrys, Stefanie – Social Education, 2019
When the author encountered the C3 Framework, she saw an opportunity to develop a different approach that she hoped would encourage all her students to reach their highest potential. The approach she created--The Deliberative Classroom--has pushed her as much as it has pushed her students. The benefits have been powerful: better academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Questioning Techniques, Critical Thinking
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Greiner, Jeff A. – Social Education, 2016
Teachers can successfully integrate student-centered, disciplined inquiry, and technology into their classroom using the three-part approach to monitoring instruction described in this article.
Descriptors: World History, History Instruction, Student Centered Learning, Inquiry
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Açikalin, Mehmet; Schur, Joan Brodsky; Yolcu, Engin – Social Education, 2016
Integrating local history with national or even global history can help students to find social studies more meaningful, to make connections between course content and their own lives and surroundings. In this article, we describe a project in which seventh grade students in Istanbul, Turkey, located centuries-old trees still living in their urban…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Local History, History Instruction, Urban Areas
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Gibbs, Brian C. – Social Education, 2015
This article describes a discussion activity centered on a topic of interest to students, and how it helped teach seventh graders the rules of civic dialogue while engaging students with a range of academic abilities. The protocol asks students to closely read the text or texts given to them, take a position, write their position out in a short…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Civics, Social Studies, Grade 7
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Yell, Michael M. – Social Education, 2012
Getting students involved in the process of inquiry takes much more than pointing out a problem, offering sources, and setting them on their way. Fortunately, there are a number of teaching strategies that can be instrumental in engaging students in the process of inquiry. As a teacher of world history in the seventh grade, House of Avalon, at…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Grade 7, World History
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Pitts, Annette Boyd; Dziuban, Charles; Cornett, Jeffrey W. – Social Education, 2011
Throughout the world, today's students are being characterized as digital natives, the "net generation." This twenty-first-century student cohort is adept at multi-tasking and at using a variety of tools and resources including electronic search engines, blogs, wikis, visual images, videos, gaming platforms, and social networking.…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Population Groups, Group Unity, Influence of Technology
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Conklin, Hilary G. – Social Education, 2011
Are middle schoolers capable of discussing the war in Iraq in meaningful ways? Can seventh graders develop informed ideas about presidential candidates' positions on health care? Should young adolescents discuss controversial public issues, interpret primary sources, and analyze social problems? Thoughtful social studies educators disagree. While…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Social Problems, Foreign Countries, Classrooms
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Broughton, Sally – Social Education, 2010
In the pre-Internet world of 1992, a new organization called Project Vote Smart used the highest technology available--a toll-free Voter's Research Hotline--to help voters get the facts about candidates and elected officials. Designed to give voters the tools they needed to "Vote Smart," the Hotline connected voters with questions to 50…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), National Standards, Civics, Grade 6
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Greenhut, Stephanie; Jones, Megan – Social Education, 2010
On their visit to the National Archives Experience in Washington, D.C., students in Jenni Ashley and Gay Brock's U.S. history classes at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, participated in a pilot program called "The Constitution by Cell." Armed with their cell phones, a basic understanding of the Constitution, and a willingness to…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Archives, Constitutional Law
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Mitsakos, Charles L.; Ackerman, Ann T. – Social Education, 2009
Schools in the late sixties and early seventies had many options and were engaged in implementing a variety of programs rooted in the social science disciplines with effective pedagogy drawn from social studies educators. With the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one can observe the drastic changes made in the way social…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Innovation, Scores
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Koren, Mike – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author describes a bike trip which marks the culmination of a unit reviewing map-reading capabilities. In seventh grade, students develop various map skills, including cardinal and intermediate directions, how to measure distance on a map using a scale of miles, how to interpret the legend of a map, and how to locate places…
Descriptors: Navigation, Athletics, Science Teachers, Grade 7
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Schillinger, Trace – Social Education, 2007
Because of its enormous significance to American history, the author wants her students to gain a rich understanding of the Battle at Gettysburg. She also would like them to make a strong emotional connection to it. She wants her students to engage with the Battle of Gettysburg on many levels--to become tangled up with the past. Her goal is to…
Descriptors: United States History, Imagination, War, Ideology
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Cooper, David – Social Education, 2005
This article describes a classroom project that combines creative writing, basic book design, and social studies content. During this project, the authors' seventh grade students research a variety of ancient Egyptian archaeological sites while reviewing course material from a unit of study on ancient Egypt, practice project management skills…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Grade 7, Creative Writing