Due to my evolving understanding of what a good social studies teacher should do and what a good social studies lesson should look like, both my C3 inquiry unit plan and resource remixing projects followed a similar design and purpose. From the very beginning of the semester I could see…

Based on my personal reflection, peer video based assessment, and Marquette University supervisor feedback; I have a better understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a teacher. All of these sources of critique (and support) rooted their commentary in the Core SS Practices, which offers a list of practices that…

Assessment is obviously one of the most important aspects of a well thought out social studies curriculum because this is where teachers can gage student understanding in a meaningful manner. A well designed assessment can be an eye opening tool that gives a teacher insight on what aspects of the…

One of the readings I’ll be delving into this semester is If You Don’t Laugh You’ll Cry: The Occupation Humor of White Wisconsin Prison Workers by Claire Smart. In this piece Smart gives a first hand account of the United States penitentiary system and the various difficulties many prisoners and…

The Social Importance of Social Studies

It is not uncommon these days to read stories about schools opting to put a significant emphasis on math and science curriculum, and gradually lessen the attention or funding given to social studies. This decision will often be viewed favorably because math and science is perceived as being fundamental for…

Henry Cooper

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