Social Studies in Action: A Methodology Workshop, K-5 can be used for individual or group professional development. The video workshop and companion Web site and print materials provide a vigorous professional development opportunity for teachers, with online activities to help you reflect on your practice, and other resources to enhance your learning.
Order the videos from this site or by calling 1-800-LEARNER. Print materials can be downloaded from this site. If you have access to a high-speed connection, you can also view the broadband online broadcast of the video programs.
You can watch each one-hour video in its entirety before you begin, or watch it in segments as you take the workshop. The guide provides suggestions for viewing each segment.
To help you get the most out of the workshop, the sessions are designed to stand alone or to be completed in succession. Take one, several, or all eight, depending on your professional development needs and goals. Graduate credit is available at a reasonable cost. Use Teacher-Talk, the workshop's email discussion list, to continue exploration of ideas outside the workshop session.
The guide for each workshop session consists of the following sections:
Summary and Learning Goals
The home page for each session provides an overview of the session and outlines what you will do and what you can expect to learn by the end of the session.
Readings, forms, and charts are listed in one central place.
If you are taking the workshop for credit or professional development, refer to the assignment page for each workshop session.
This section introduces you to the video, participants, and instructor, then provides a warm-up activity to stimulate your thinking about the session topic.
Key concepts and readings give you background information and follow-up questions to extend your learning.
Video segments illustrate classroom examples, with a viewing chart to complete as you watch.
This section asks you to apply what you've learned by analyzing methodology examples and completing an activity that relates to your practice.
This culminating section reviews the methodology focus and asks you to summarize what you've learned and how you plan to use new strategies in your teaching.
Web and print references are listed, with a short description for each.
To use the Social Studies in Action methodology workshop guide, we recommend the following:
To print the forms and readings provided, or to print a hard-copy version of this guide, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in. You can download this plug-in for free. To use the interactive activities in the workshop sessions, you will need the Macromedia Flash Player 5 (or a higher version). You can download these plug-ins for free: