Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Social Studies In Action A Methodology Workshop, K-5.
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Session 5.

Using Resources


Key Concepts

Primary sources

Secondary sources

Online resources

Differentiated instruction

Read each of the articles listed below to learn about key concepts related to maximizing resources in social studies teaching. As you read, look for these concepts, their definitions, and examples of each.

After you read the articles, write answers to the following questions. You can use the Reading Questions form (PDF).

  1. What is differentiated instruction?
  2. What are some differences between traditional pedagogy and differentiated instruction?
  3. What are the challenges and benefits of differentiated instruction?
  4. List examples of the following types of resources. Explain how you would use each resource to support differentiated instruction:
    • Primary sources
    • Secondary sources
    • Online resources
  5. What are the benefits and challenges of using technology-based resources in social studies?

Save your written work to submit as an assignment.

Mapping a Route Toward Differentiated Instruction (PDF)
Examines the advantages of a curriculum based on differentiated instruction.

Tomlinson, Carol Ann. "Mapping a Route Toward Differentiated Instruction." Educational Leadership. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Using Library of Congress Online Resources (PDF)
Provides online lessons and primary sources to enhance teaching of U.S. history.

Singleton, Laurel R., and James R. Giese. "American Memory: Using Library of Congress Online Resources To Enhance History Teaching." National Council for the Social Studies.

Using Technology for Powerful Social Studies Learning (PDF)
Identifies criteria for selecting instructional technology.

Rose, Stephen A., and Phyllis Maxey Fernlund. "Using Technology for Powerful Social Studies Learning." National Council for the Social Studies.

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