History Nerdfest 2018: Girl Scouts and Journey Taking through the C3
It ranks right up there with the Holiday season, KC Chiefs football, and the first weekend of the college basketball tournament. It’s National Council for the Social Studies conference week. I’m lucky enough to get front row seats and am trying to live blog my way through it.
We start the session hearing about the huge number of female public servants and politicians are former Girl Scouts. Why? Because the Girl Scouts help kids focus on how to create positive change in their communities.
How cool is that?
At ESSDACK, we’ve been doing a lot of work in the last year or so working with the Boy Scouts – using their badging system as a way to begin integration Problem-Based Learning in middle and high school classrooms. The badge requirements and activities tie in a very sweet ways to our state’s social studies standards and our huge statewide School Redesign project.
So I was intrigued when I saw this session. How can the Girl Scouts help social studies teachers do their jobs better? How can it blend with the NCSS C3 Framework’s Inquiry Arc?
Girls want to join the Girl Scouts, at least in part, because they want to change the world. The Girl Scout Leadership Experience helps them do that. It’s learning by doing, exploring, and completing the badge process. Taking action to change the world involves a variety of areas but presenters shared the following:
- Advocacy: It’s Your World – Change it!
- Environment: It’s Your Planet – Love it!
- Personal Communication: It’s Your Story – Tell It!
The steps in the process sounds exactly like Action Civics, PBL, and the Inquiry Arc:
- Identify a community or global problem
- Come up with creative solution that will make a difference
- Create a team plan to make the solution a reality
- Put the plan into action
- Reflect about was learned and to do next
There are some very cool civic engagement and social studies stuff here. These journeys are represented through different age levels and developed with the use of guided workbooks.
And it’s not a place that I would have thought might help me do my job better. But we can purchase copies of the workbooks and the Adult Guidebooks that can help generate PBL ideas and develop Inquiry Arc based lessons. Use their lessons to directly integrate into your instruction and adapt them to make them more specific to your own curriculum.
The Girl Scouts are doing the same sorts of stuff that we want social studies teachers to be doing – encouraging inquiry, civic engagement, solving problems, making the world a better place. Working together with the Girl Scout organization and their resources will make your job easier.
How cool is that?