For the first time, we had students help facilitate a #ontsshg twitter chat. How exciting is that? Rashmee Karnad-Jani - @Ms_Karnad and her grade 8 students from @CedarwoodPS worked on the questions for the chat and they also responded to the tweets the following day. Our topic was 'Critical Thinking' for students with Individual Education Plans (IEP). You can check out the discussion here!
The following is a twitter chat that was hosted by Heidi Siwak @heidisiwak. She facilitated the discussion around Knowledge Building. Check out the chat below!
The Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association has been working with educators from across the province to build a website that will provide teachers with a valuable resource. This website was created to support the implementation of the 2013 Revised Social Studies, History and Geography curriculum document.
The following twitter chat was about Disciplinary Thinking. Remember, we meet every Thursday at 9:00pm EST using #ontsshg hashtag.
You can join #ontsshg every Thursday night at 9:00pm EST for a Twitter chat about Social Studies, History & Geography topics.
Every Thursday night at 9pm EST on twitter, we try to connect with educators from around the world with a variety of Social Studies, History and Geography topics.
We will be sharing our chats here. Please check them out because they are rich with ideas and resources. It's a wonderful way to track our discussions.
The chat below looks at the role of literacy in Social Studies, History & Geography!
The 2013 Ontario Revised Social Studies/History & Geography (SSHG) document has a list of tools and strategies (p.7) that encourage teachers to shift how they might teach SSHG. The concepts of disciplinary thinking is incorporated into this curriculum and by applying the concepts, we give students' a way to learn and engage in the material presented. It encourages them to think critically about history and challenges them to rethink the past, present and future. "... it is crucial that students not simply learn various facts but that they acquire the ability to think and to process content in ways best suited to each subject" (p.12). By moving away from memorizing facts, teachers will need to plan and promote students' inquiry to explore issues and deepen their understanding. Teaching historical thinking and pursuing challenging content knowledge will develop students' ability to "do" SSHG. Disciplinary Thinking will help students organize and understand knowledge in a meaningful way.
So how and why do you teach concepts of disciplinary thinking in your SSHG classroom?
This post can also be found at Inquiry-based.blogspot.
The charts provided in the "Social Studies/History & Geography" are great to use when planning. Check out the following downloads to help plan your SSHG lessons in your classroom.
A great way to learn about a new document is to build lessons. We worked together at the Ministry of Education's meeting to help understand the Social Studies/History & Geography document. Check out the attached lesson.
The following template can be used to help plan with colleagues.
We started a twitter chat every Thursday night between 9:00 and 10:00 pm (EST), using #ontsshg hashtag. The goal is to share ideas, lessons, questions and to talk about the New Revised Social Studies/History and Geography (2013). To date we've discussed the integration of Discipline-Based Thinking concepts and the adoption of an Inquiry Model of instructional practice. Hope you can join us!
Louise Robitaille and Peter Douglas have worked together on TLLP projects with the Ministry of Education in Ontario Canada. We worked on a PKE - Provincial Knowledge Exchange Program and continue to share our learning. We will also be supporting the Ontario Social Studies, History and Geography (SSHG) implementation roll-out with OESSTA.