Social Studies, Geography and History 7&8 Curricullum

The new Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers' Association (OESSTA) http://oessta.blogspot.com/ is preparing to support teachers as the new Social Studies Geography & History curriculum released June 2013.

We are looking for teachers who want to participate in leadership opportunities offer professional learning sessions or supporting publishers as new resources are created.

Sharing Bookmarks


We can use the benefits of social bookmarking to make our work easier. Use the OESSTA Delicious site to find links related to Social Studies/Geography and History topics.


visit Delicious Bookmarking site for Social Studies/Geography and History

https://delicious.com/oessta



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Share your great links with us, click here.


Mar 24, 2014

OESSTA News #5

OESSTA News #5

Discussing Social Studies on Twitter (Join us Thursday)

Participate in the OESSTA (Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association) social media network and explore the New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography on twitter @oessta1 and use the hashtag #ontsshg for discussion. There will be a twitter chat on Thursday nights at 9:00-10:00 to discuss, share ideas and strategies. Hope you will follow!

Visit https://twitter.com/oessta1 to see what we are talking about..

OESSTA Roll Out

We are still completing projects that are being reviewed by our colleagues and the Ministry of Education.  We have language and math integration ideas along with lesson ideas using spatial skills. We will begin sharing the projects next month.

Upcoming Events

Also, we have the opportunity to conduct our own conference in the fall with the support of OAGEE. The conference will be Toronto. We plan to feature the resources that we are creating. The conference could be Saturday only or Friday and Saturday.  Would you be able to use Federation or school funds to attend the professional learning session on the Friday?

We will survey teachers next month.

Governor General’s Award for Teaching History (grades 7-12)
(recommend someone in your school)

Now accepting applications for 2014!
Do you have a creative approach to teaching history? We want to hear from you!
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 award. Six recipients will receive $2500 and a trip for two to attend the award events in Ottawa, where they will receive their medal from His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston at a special ceremony at Rideau Hall. $1000 will also be awarded to each recipient's school.
Start your application today. Deadline for completed submissions is May 20, 2014.
http://canadashistory.ca/Awards/Teaching

Past Webinars and Resources produced by the OTF

On each page you will find a description of the session, the link to the archived session recording, and a list of other resources related to the session. You may also search our site for topics and keywords of interest to you. I have participated in a session and I highly recommend this site for professional learning.

Topics include:

-background knowledge
-creating a community of thinkers
-Inquiry Across the Curriculum

http://www.otffeo.on.ca/en/learning/otf-connects/resources/

Customized in-class Workshop
Have a member of the Esri Canada Education and Research group (using ArcGIS Online) come to your location and facilitate a ½ day, full day or two day workshop. The workshop will be tailored to support your learning goals. For more information contact education@esri.ca.

Devising your own professional learning

The Teacher Learning and Leadership Program (TLLP) is an annual project-based professional learning opportunity for experienced classroom teachers.
The program funds proposals from classroom teachers who seek a peer leadership role in curriculum, instructional practice or supporting other teachers. The three goals of the program are to create and support opportunities for teacher professional learning, foster teacher leadership and facilitate the sharing of exemplary practices with others for the broader benefit of Ontario's students.

The inquiry website listed below is a product of TLLP. Consider what you and your colleagues want to focus on. The deadline is usually November for the upcoming school year.


 Participate in the discussion about history teaching in Canada

We want to alert all of you to the week-long series of articles/blogs starting today at http://activehistory.ca

ActiveHistory editor, Tom Peace, opens up the series with 
Lessons from the Past, Promises for the Future: Reflections on Historical Thinking in Canadian History

http://activehistory.ca/2014/03/lessons-from-the-past-promises-for-the-future-reflections-on-historical-thinking-in-canadian-history/


The rapid-fire pace continues with Heather E. McGregor's
 History Education in Canada without Historical Thinking? A worrisome prospect

http://activehistory.ca/2014/03/history-education-in-canada-without-historical-thinking-a-worrisome-prospect/



Resources

Address Map and Globe Skills using ArcGIS online tinyurl.com/oaaqmxx
Use the link to access resources managed by ESRI using ArcGIS Online.


Links for teachers

Getting Started with Inquiry

Visit this inquiry focused site http://inquiry-based.com/ to consider ideas on how you can approach inquiry in your classrooms.

Description:
Our project Uncovering Content-Integrating Critical Thinking into Social Studies for 21st Century Learners was developed because as teachers we felt we needed to enhance our knowledge of using critical thinking questions and inquiry-based learning in order for our students to become actively engaged in their learning.

Providing Effective Feedback

Within this blog you will find 20 ideas and techniques on how to give effective learning feedback that will leave your students with the feeling they can conquer the world.
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/03/20-ways-to-provide-effective-feedback.html


20 Signs You’re Actually Making A Difference As A Teacher

As a teacher; you lesson plan, constantly assess, network, collaborate, differentiate, use technology, and inspire thinking and so much more.  Besides test scores, you are making a difference in so many ways. Check out this blog for some alternative measures where you are making a difference.

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/other-data-20-signs-youre-actually-making-a-difference-as-a-teacher/


Struggling to make history come alive? (intermediate teachers)

In this Story from the Classroom, a grade nine teacher describes how a topic in Canadian history with which she had previously struggled, came alive through her students’ use of inquiry and technology. Thinking tools, such as Reading around a document and Asking powerful questions, empowered her students to deepen their understanding of First Nations treaty issues and paved the way to unforgettable Skype conversations with a poet and a politician.
 
Download Canadian history comes alive through inquiry and technology
http://tc2.ca/pdf/T3_pdfs/Canadian_history_comes_alive_through_inquiry_technology.pdf
 
Developing Better Student Questions

Helping Students to create better questions (TIPS)

In inquiry-based classrooms, the ultimate aim is for students to pose their own powerful questions shaped by background knowledge, curiosity, and wonder about the world. However, young children and those new to inquiry often require teacher guidance in framing a good question or problem.



What is a good inquiry question?

"Only the curious will learn and only the resolute will overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient." -E.S. Wilson
Here are a few things that we have heard from people teaching Inquiry at McMaster:

Questioning Skills: Thick and Thin Questions

These sites provide information on thick and thin questioning. Learn the difference between thick and thin questions as well as how to generate these questions. There are lesson plans, printable posters, and worksheets. Includes eThemes Resources on Reading Strategies for Elementary Students and Teaching Tips: Questioning.


Discover how one classroom teacher developed rich questions with her class.

When using the Q-chart with my Grade 6 students, many of them commented that the Q-chart was really limiting their thinking.  In working with the chart, they were trying to avoid using the question prompts at the top left-hand corner because they were always told that when using those prompts only shallow questions could be created.


Dec 16, 2013

"Teaching African Canadian History" series. 100 Years of Black Life in Canada After the Underground Railroad 1865 - 1965

-this session will provide classroom teachers and other education workers with content knowledge, teaching strategies, and resources for integrating the African Canadian experience from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century into their classrooms. 

The workshop takes place on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Comfort Hotel, Rexdale  from 9:30am - 3:30pm. Content is aligned with the recently revised Ontario Social Studies, History, and Geography and the Canadian and World Studies curricula. See attached flyer for details.

To register please contact me at fundi_edu@hotmail.com.

Kindly share with colleagues and friends in your networks.

Workshop Testimonials:

Your workshop echoes the inclusive education strategy that students see themselves in the curriculum. - Mary, participant
It was so informative. It well surpassed my expectations.- Margaret, participant 
    

Happy holidays,

Natasha Henry
Natasha Henry M.Ed. (candidate), B. Ed., B.A. (Honours), OCT
Author of African Canadian Firsts, Sankofa Series, Rubicon Publishing/ Pearson Canada (2014),
Early Societies: Africa, China, and Europe, Big Idea Series, Rubicon Publishing/ Pearson Canada (2013),
Talking About Freedom: Celebrating Emancipation Day in Canada, Dundurn Press, January 2012,
& Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada, Dundurn Press, 2010.

Dec 11, 2013

OESSTA Roll Out News #2

The OESSTA Rollout project is moving along. We have completed projects relating to integrating math and social studies, teaching combined grades and how to approach the document as a team. We hope to have our new webpage designed in the new year. Lesson for grade 4 and 7 supported by OTF should also be released shortly. 


Opportunities for Teachers

ETFO is seeking writers for Teaching Green Resource ,need experience in jr. years  
deadline -November 22, 2013. tinyurl.com/mptwaex

Saturday, November 23, 2013     (For those close to the GTA)
Teacher Appreciation Day at the ROM!
Join us as we celebrate Teachers at the ROM!
Arrive between 10 am – 1 pm for a full day of museum admission.
Interested in how the ROM can help you inspire your students? Sign up to receive information on free teacher appreciation events and education-related program offerings. Learn about how the ROM can support your teaching goals and inspire your students with unique experiences and hands-on learning opportunities that can’t be had anywhere else!
Teachers and 1 Guest get into the ROM for free!

Heritage Fairs 
Heritage Fairs are rich, engaging performance tasks that promote student learning. The project is an excellent way for students to practice inquiry skills and use the disciplinary thinking concepts.
Students from grade 4 to grade 8 are invited to participate in the event.  By participating  Heritage Fairs, teachers encourage cross-curricular knowledge and skills within a Canadian theme. The activity fits within the language and/or History/Geography Social Studies curriculum areas. It is excellent for combined grades.
For details on Heritage Fairs go to the Ontario Heritage fair site  http://www.ohhfa.ca/
See if there are Heritage Fairs in your region

  Professional Discussion  (Thursday)
 Participate in the OESSTA (Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers Association) social media network and explore the New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography on twitter @oessta1 and use the hashtag #ontsshg for discussion. There will be a twitter chat on Thursday nights at 9:00-10:00 to discuss, share ideas and strategies. Hope you will follow!
 Focus – Historical Thinking

Heritage and Identity Webinar – November 26, 2013 from 4-5 PM
 Historica Canada in conjunction with the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association is offering a webinar focusing on Passages to Canada.
Passages to Canada is a storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, Passages Canada volunteers share their personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage on-line in our multimedia Story Archive and in person with schools and community groups.
 Since 2002, over 900 speakers have created dialogue on Canada's rich diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults, as we continue to build understanding and respect for Canada’s shared history and values.
During the webinar this resource will be explored and clear links to the 2013 revised Social Studies Curriculum will be discussed.
 To register click below:
 You will need to download an app for the event details to follow.
(I have spoken with teachers who have guest speakers visit their classes each year. This is a highly recommended program.)
  Resources
Combined Grades Webpage
 The Social World Studies and Humanities and the Science and Technology departments have collaborated to create a website designed to help teachers plan for their combined grades classes. The site includes draft samples of unit plans, videos and teaching/ learning strategies. Additional information regarding the 2013 Revised Social Studies History and Geography Curriculum has been added.
To support geographical thinking in grades 1-8

What is where?
Definition of Geography to guide program development (all of our geographically based units can address this definition)

Sense Of Place
Drawing on Children’s “Sense of Place” – The Starting Point for Teaching Social Studies and Geography

Using ArcGIS Online
 The recent webinar regarding the use of this software for grades 1-8 has been shared on the ESRI website.
 Visit http://tinyurl.com/krehrn4 to access the webinar. An app is needed to runt he software, so it may work better outside the firewall.
Site of the Month
Ontario Historical Society
See the Ontario Heritage Directory:
 This database of over 1,600 contacts will help connect your classroom to its local history!  Find nearby museums, archives, historic sites, libraries, and historical societies.
http://www.ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/en/For-Teachers_181
Teaching/Learning Strategies
Consider Pinterest, I have added a page relating to geographic skills:
https://www.pinterest.com/helencaldwel/primary-geography/

Free Webinar on 11 DECEMBER 2013 from Esri and the National Council for Geographic Education:


Join us as we share the latest developments in ArcGIS Online and how it can empower your classroom! Joseph Kerski takes us on a deeper dive into how to find data, how to bring data to ArcGIS Online, and how to analyze data in ArcGIS Online:

Nov 4, 2013

Heritage and Identity Webinar

Heritage and Identity Webinar – November 26, 2013 from 4-5 PM

Historica Canada in conjunction with the Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association is offering a webinar focusing on Passages to Canada.


Passages to Canada is a storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, Passages Canada volunteers share their personal accounts of cultural identity and heritage on-line in our multimedia Story Archive and in person with schools and community groups.

Since 2002, over 900 speakers have created dialogue on Canada's rich diversity with over 250,000 youth and adults, as we continue to build understanding and respect for Canada’s shared history and values.
During the webinar this resource will be explored and clear links to the 2013 revised Social Studies Curriculum will be discussed.


To register click here. You will need to download an app for the event details to follow.

Sep 17, 2013

Success Criteria for the Thinking Concepts

Please find our draft of the success criteria to help teachers and students gain a deeper understanding of the social studies thinking concepts.

Click here to access the files.