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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Teaching for Understanding

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The following video segment reviews the Teaching for Understanding framework, and provides an example of how it can be used in a classroom.

Mary McFarland.

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View Video Segment: Identifying Elements in a Classroom Example

Go to this segment in the video by matching the image (to the left) on your screen. You'll find this segment approximately 17 minutes into the video. Watch for about 20 minutes.

In this segment, workshop instructor Mary McFarland reviews the elements of Teaching for Understanding, and shows how fifth-grade teacher Rob Cuddi uses this framework in a lesson on explorers in North America.

Viewing Activity

As you watch, look for elements of the Teaching for Understanding framework and think about the following questions:

  • What are Mr. Cuddi's throughlines or yearlong goals?
  • What is the generative topic used to introduce the unit?
  • What are Mr. Cuddi's understanding goals for his students in this unit?
  • How do students demonstrate their understanding?
  • How does Mr. Cuddi provide ongoing assessment?
  • What is the culminating assessment?

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