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Why Do You Ask?

From asking questions that require an answer To asking questions that require a conversation.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Making The Transition To What Makes Social Studies Fun...

...and more difficult.

I still maintain that Social Studies is the most important class in school.  You can watch my explanation below.

We are moving away from where countries are located and what is located in those countries to discussing why people live where they live and what life is like for them.

There are seldom single right answers - and this is what makes Social Studies fun, important, and difficult.  It's not that you have an answer, it's that you know why you formed that answer in the first place.

We watched this short, humorous video from TED U to set the stage for our transition into deeper waters.  It is from Joachim de Posada and is titled, Don't Eat The Marsh Mellow...Yet.

Students, you will have to get used to the idea that learning Social Studies issues takes patience, takes effort, and will take time - not in search of the right answer, but in search of why you think your answers might be right at that moment in time.

Parents, you will want to encourage your students to begin seeing more than "one side to a story."  Developing the ability to understand differing ideas about issues will provide your child with lifelong advantages, contentedness, and happiness.

So be patient, but persistent.  You'll like that future rewards.

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