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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Jun 22, 2014

Call for Presenters

Hello OESSTA developers, Leaders and those interested in Leadership, SSHG teachers, 

We would like you to indicate if you are will to offer a workshop at our first OESSTA Conference on Oct. 17 and 18th in Toronto at Ryerson University. 

The 17th will focus on instructional leaders/coaches who may have Social Studies within their roles. The 18th may attract more classroom teachers. 

We are working with OAGEE who have invited us to join them. There will be a common keynote address and then we will have our elementary focused sessions. We are considering online sessions as well. At the conference may also select a leadership team.

We feel that we need presenters focusing on:               

  • Inquiry, Concepts of Thinking
  • Spatial skills, Understanding the revised document
  • CRRP, linking SSHG to other subject areas, 
  • Teachers talking about how they are implementing the revised document 


We need 1 or 2 others who can help me promote the event. Much of the organization is being done by OAGEE.

Please send respond if you feel that you can play a role we will send the workshop presenters form. 
          Email oessta@gmail.com 

May 28, 2014

OESSTA Roll Out News #6

OESSTA Roll Out News #6 http://oessta.blogspot.ca/
 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. There are 10 different projects. The finished work is being reviewed by the Ministry. We plan to have the material ready for the fall when full implementation of the 2013 Revised document is required.
Organizing OESSTA
We will begin to contact people interested in OESSTA leadership in June. We need to form a core group that can meet virtually and help lead the group through the next year.
 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 at Ryerson University on Oct 17, 18. We plan to feature the resources that we are creating for the province. 
Would you be able to use Federation or school funds to attend the professional learning session on the Friday? Are you a coach or Instructional leader who would participate? Please complete the survey. This will help us determine the sessions we will offer.
Professional Learning Opportunity

OTF Webinar (Free of charge)

Supporting Teachers in the Use of Inquiry through the Revised Social Studies, History and Geography (facilitated by OESSTA)

Date: May 29, 2014
Start Time: 7:30 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm


Ontario Teachers Federation Summer Institutes                                  
Teachers are invited to participate in three day professional learning sessions. You may select more than one workshop.  A fee of $50.00 per workshop will apply.


Visit the OESSTA hashtag on Twitter #ontsshg
The Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers’ Association encourages teachers to share ideas and samples of the work they are doing with students.
Chats are offered on interesting topics on Thursday from 9-10 PM

Disciplinary Thinking and Critical Thinking

Getting started with Historical Thinking/Social Studies Thinking Concepts

We have developed a number of videos to enhance student ability to think critically and nurture their willingness to act in thoughtful, responsible ways.

Talking about disciplinary thinking

This is an archived discussion of a recent Twitter chat  #ontsshg.

Tip For Teachers related to Critical Thinking

Look through these print and video resources for helpful hints and strategies on how to implement critical thinking.

Inquiry Process
 Teacher Voice relating to Inquiry
 I used to think…
Problem-based learning meant not teaching content and allowing students to research content on their own. I never fully understood how we would be able to teach what they need to know in this way.
 Now I think…
Problem based learning is very important and does not mean that we don't teach content. The content is embedded within the inquiry.

As teachers engage in inquiry with their classes their views about inquiry change. Some of our misconceptions are challenged and we can see how inquiry based learning links with student achievement.

Thinking about inquiry
This is an interesting way to look at the inquiry process.

I wonder
See what this teacher does to promote wonder in her classroom. How can we take this to another level integrating the wonder into SSHG?

Developing Questions

Tools for Thought: Ten tweaks for your questions

Invite students to go beyond providing a casual answer and to think more deeply about the topics they are studying

Asking powerful questions This is a tool to help teachers work with students to generate more powerful questions.
Q Chart – This is a tool that can help students develop rich questions

What makes good inquiry questions?

Creating questions

See how this class is working through the development of good questions.


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.

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.

Sites of the Month

Teaching History (Focus on African Canadian History)

Take a moment to let you know that I have launched a website and blog on "Teaching African Canadian History." Check out my first blog post, "Why the African Canadian Experience Must be Part of an Equitable and Inclusive Curriculum"

Check my site regularly for resources, information, and strategies for including the African Canadian voice in the Social Studies and History classroom and across the curriculum.

Connecting with other classes through Skype


The concept is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world.

Connecting Assessment with Skype Activities



Resources:- Commercial Materials


PEARSON CANADA LAUNCHES NEW RUBICON SERIES BIG IDEA
Big Idea is a series of content area books designed to make grades 4–6 curriculum topics accessible to English language learners (ELLs) and striving readers.

Nelson Resources for Social Studies (Grades 1-6)

At the moment resources for grade 4 have been created. Resources for other grades will be produced.

Nelson Grade 7 Geography Resource


This is a new resource for grade 7 that emphasizes geographical thinking and inquiry.

On Going Professional Support

SSHG Roll Out Blog (created through the AW)


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.



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.