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The Common Core and your social studies classroom

I’ve been spending a lot of time lately talking with teachers and admin types about how the Common Core will impact Social Studies instruction. The conversation has included discussions about quality instruction, effective strategies, and a variety of resources.

It’s also included some discussion of the Kansas state standards revision process.

And it’s all been great fun. Seriously, what can be more fun that a bunch of social studies teachers yakking about strategies and history stuff?

But one thing I have noticed is that there is still some uneasiness about the whole Common Core integration thing. So . . . I’ve put some resources together over at Social Studies Central. You can find the session preso, online resources, a book list, and helpful web tools. All designed to help create classrooms that focus on quality social studies specific thinking processes.

Feel free to post comments below to share what’s been working for you as you integrate Common Core thinking into your instruction.

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  1. Hi there! Enjoying reading so far- Social Studies is a passion of mine, though my life is very different as an elementary school teacher when it comes to the level of content. I work to achieve the overarching theme that Social Studies has a variety of layers and perspectives.

    Anyway, the NHDRC (New Hampshire Digital Resource Consortium) is creating something called Institute in a Box, which is basically a Google Site that contains a GIANT grid of 21st century learning topics (though I don’t love that term, 21st cent. learning, you get the idea). There is a BIG HOLE for Common Core, esp. integrating Social Studies. I don’t think you have to be from NH to contribute….

    Check it out if you are interested! Also letting Michael Milton know…

    June 24, 2012
    • glennw #

      Cool! Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing.

      Is there a direct link people can go to?


      June 27, 2012
  2. Hi Glen,
    Over the weekend I was talking to a teacher friend about the Common Core, going to pass along your website to her.
    Question–As a writer of non-fiction/biography and historical fiction for young people I’m hoping there will be a greater demand in the classroom for books like mine. What do you think?

    June 25, 2012
    • glennw #

      I hope more and more social studies teachers will be using more fiction and non-fiction resources as part of their instruction. The Common Core will be asking teachers to change how they do their jobs so I have my fingers crossed that your stuff is the kind of things that will be used!


      June 27, 2012
  3. We’ve enjoyed following your content and commentary here!

    We wanted to introduce Gooru. Gooru enables teachers and students to search thousands of online resources that are indexed to standards so if a student is missing a skill or concept you can find related materials and practice quizzes to help.

    Gooru is also an excellent tool for teachers to build and share lesson plans. Gooru is non-profit and free to use so please check it out and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

    We include more information including a video “About Gooru” below.


    About Gooru

    Gooru is a free search engine for learning. Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every 5th-12th grade math and science topic, with other subjects coming soon.

    Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education. To get started, watch this video introduction to Gooru. For additional training materials, check out this short demo, which outlines all of Gooru’s key features, or review these interactive tutorials.

    July 12, 2012

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