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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Authentic assessment: Evaluation activities that require students to use knowledge in different contexts (e.g., real-world scenarios).

Authentic instruction: Teaching that emphasizes applying content and processes in different contexts.

Authentic intellectual work: Understanding concepts through underlying academic disciplines; discipline-based learning.

Civic education: Instruction focused on teaching the principles and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.

Cooperative learning: Students working in pairs or small groups to facilitate learning.

Culminating assessment: End-of-unit evaluation that provides a broad view of achievement.

Deep understanding: In-depth, comprehensive learning that goes beyond surface learning.

Democratic classroom: A classroom that models democratic values and processes, respects individuals, and gives students a voice in decisions.

Differentiated instruction: Providing several different avenues by which all students can learn the same material.

Discipline-based content: Content drawn from different discipline areas, such as history, geography, economics, and political science.

Diversity: Differences as noted in gender, achievement, race, religion, language, and learning strengths.

Effective citizenship: Informed, active participation supporting the common good.

Formal assessment: Planned evaluation of learning often involving the use of rubrics.

Fragile knowledge: Surface or shallow understanding.

Generative topic: A concept that engages students and is used to connect or introduce a unit.

Informal assessment: Spontaneous evaluation, such as discussion questions that gauge student understanding.

Jigsaw: A type of cooperative learning in which students become experts on one part of the material and teach it to other students.

Multicultural education: Learning focused on understanding various cultures and their beliefs, values, language, and traditions.

Multiple intelligences: Refers to the ability to learn, create, and solve problems within one or more cultural settings; Dr. Howard Gardner's theory that there is more than one way to be smart.

NCSS themes: Ten major standards-based social studies concepts used in planning units.

Ongoing assessment: Evaluation that occurs within lessons as the unit is being taught.

Online resources: Sources available on the Internet.

Performance assessment: Evaluation based on how students show what they have learned.

Performances of understanding: Activities students complete to illustrate that they can apply what they are learning.

Portfolio assessment: Samples of student work accumulated in a folder to show progress over time.

Powerful teaching and learning: Qualities of instruction that lead to increased learning: active, meaningful, challenging, value-based, and integrative.

Primary sources: Original documents or first-hand accounts of an event.

Real-world instruction: Teaching or reinforcing concepts through application.

Rubric: Criteria for developing and/or evaluating student work.

Secondary sources: Sources written by someone other than first-hand participants or witnesses of an event.

Social studies: Studies involving content, processes, and democratic values that help develop active, informed citizens.

Teaching for Understanding: A planning framework for developing units.

Throughlines: Year-long learning goals that connect units throughout the year.

Understanding goals: Unit learning objectives.

Unity: National wholeness based on shared beliefs and values to support the common good.

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