ELEM 636: Teaching Elementary School Social Studies K-6 (3)*
Accomplished teachers value the culture and diversity in the dynamic classroom setting as a source of information for their own instruction and pedagogical principles and practices in social studies. They have a deep understanding of the elementary social studies domains they teach and are able to offer students challenging and meaningful learning opportunities. In this course, teachers investigate the elementary social studies curriculum to update their knowledge and understanding as informed by curriculum standards from national organizations, especially NCSS. Investigation focuses on social studies and major approaches to integrating social studies in home, school, community, and the world. Teachers will use this integration to make decisions to propose modifications to their own real-world classroom curriculum. Through action research, teachers will investigate domain knowledge engage in rigorous self-reflection about teacher effectiveness, and collaborate with colleagues and engage in partnerships with parents. They will plan, carry out, and describe a unit of instruction that reflects these insights.