Back to school time is always a joy of mine. Excitement fills the air. Nervousness plays peek-a-boo behind every smile. Meeting the teacher starts the beginning of a rewarding marathon that will inevitably change the lives of many. I had the opportunity to be available for my students for a few hours and knew that this year was going to be special for a variety of reasons. Teaching social studies in five blocks to one hundred and eight students was my assignment for the year.
My mind wondered through preplanning... "How am I going to reach, teach, and preach content in American history that spans from the American Revolution to post-Civil War Reconstruction?" I wondered how I was going to do it with fidelity and supply the expectations of fourth grade with the appropriate level of rigor as well. I'm nervous about the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for social studies. How can I get that much information in a school year? Where can I find interesting informational nonfiction content that supplements the new standards?
After spending the summer meditating on my plan of action in the implementation of the new Georgia Standards of Excellence for social studies, I knew that I needed to evolve. I spent much of the summer in perpetual professional development. I found myself revising and attending to the new standards, verbs of those standards, and the performance that was expected of my students
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James & Dana
A husband and wife teacher team who love integrating social studies and science into other subjects for diverse elementary classrooms.
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