210-164 Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
Alignment with INTASC Professional Standards
Principle #1: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE--The candidate
understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the
discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make
these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the
comprehensive nature of social studies.
- Examine various definitions of
- Be able to define the content
or history, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology, and political
- Recognize the interrelationship
of the social science disciplines.
- Understand various ways in which
social studies curriculum materials are organized. (Expanding Horizons,
Spiral, Separate Subjects, etc.)
- Create organized learning expriences
for social studies that help children learn the knowledge, skills, attitudes
and values of the area and provide opportunities for social participation.
Principle #2: LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT--The candidate
understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning
opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
- Understand the application of
stage theory development to teaching social studies knowledge, skills,
and attitudes and values.
- Design social studies learning
materials and opportunities that match intellectual, social, and personal
Principle #3: DIVERSE LEARNERS--The candidate
understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates
instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
- Create culturally appropriate
social studies learning materials.
- Create social studies learning
materials which assist the educationally challenged and the gifted learners.
Principle #4: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES--The candidate
understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage
students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance
- Create a variety of appropriate
social studies activities and use a variety of methods.
- Match social studies activities
to selected learning objectives.
- Understand and use various teaching
methods and techniques in social studies. (Problem Method, inquiry, discovery,
lecture, storytelling, computer-assisted instruction, etc.)
Principle #5: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT--The candidate
uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create
a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active
engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- Create a social studies classroom
with multiple teaching resources so that the environment engages the learner
in positive social interaction, active learning, and self-motivation.
- Identify the advantages and limitations
of social studies textbooks, curriculum guides, kits, games, video tapes,
and computer programs and design a classroom in which these materials provide
for active learning.
- Integrate the use of children's
literature and other media materials into social studies classroom environment.
- Use maps and globes as teaching
tools in constructing social studies lessons.
- Use time lines and sequence lines
as teaching tools in constructing social studies lessons.
- Use graphs, charts, and pictures
as teaching tools in constructing social studies lessons.
- Utilize community resources in
developing social studies learning sequences.
- Gather a variety of materials
useful for teaching social studies. (Print materials, pictures, journal
articles, technology based materials)
- Organize big ideas and materials
in social studies.
- Construct meaningful social studies
- Use democratic teaching strategies
in the social studies classroom.
Principle #6: COMMUNICATION--The candidate
uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication
techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction
in the classroom.
- Orally share information with
others in the area of social studies.
- Use media communication techniques
to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in social studies
Principle #7: PLANNING INSTRUCTION--The candidate
plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the
community, and curriculum goals.
- Use the content of the social
sciences to identify appropriate social studies topics, narrow the topics
to provide focus for study, and broaden topics to challenge the imagination
and interest of children.
- Distinguish between social studies
facts, concepts, and generalizations.
- Develop appropriate social studies
content generalizations for an identified social studies topic based upon
facts and concepts.
- Write knowledge-based, skill-based,
and affective oriented social studies learning objectives related to the
facts, concepts and generalizations.
- Adapt learning plans to needs
of individuals and groups.
- Develop lesson plans that integrate
the elementary curriculum around a social studies topic.
- Create yearly, weekly, and daily
lesson plans for social studies.
- Create social studies lesson
plans for various methods and strategies of teaching. (Discussion, inquiry,
storytelling, learning centers, computer-assisted instruction, etc.)
Principle #8: ASSESSMENT--The candidate
understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and
ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the
- Recognize the relationship between
teaching and assessment.
- Design appropriate formative
and summative evaluation instruments for teaching social studies.
- Utilize authentic assessment
strategies in evaluating learning experiences in the social studies.
Principle #9: REFLECTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT--The candidate
is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her
choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in
the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow
- Identify personal needs and interests
in the area of social studies and relate those needs to the teaching in
- Ask meaningful questions to guide
personal learning in the area of social studies and relate those questions
to teaching in a classroom.
- Do research to find answers to
questions in social studies materials and organize, summarize, and write
about what has been found.
- Learn by listening to and observing
- Motivate others to learn social
studies materials and ideas.
- Perceive and analyze growth and
change in elementary social studies.
- Reflect upon lessons and interactions
with students and colleagues, evaluate results of work done and make changes
based upon the results.
Principle #10: SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS--The candidate
fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the
larger community to support students' learning and well-being.
- Be aware of and begin to participate
in parent/teacher groups, local and state professional social studies organizations,
and local community organizations that promote the goals of the social
- Recognize the contribution of
the National Council for the Social Studies to the teaching profession
and use guidelines in preparing to teach.
- Be knowledgeable of standards
written by various professional groups in the area of social studies and
use these guidelines in preparing to teach.
Principle #11: USE OF TECHNOLOGY--The candidate integrates the computer
and other high and low technology into classroom teaching activities,
assessment and/or documentation.
- Identify ways of appropriately
integrating technology in social studies.
- Develop social studies learning
experiences supported by technology.
- Operate a multimedia system and use word processing, authoring, and presentation programs to
teach social studies lessons.
- Examine and evaluate social studies
- Use an array of available technological tools to teach social studies lessons.
- Support ethical use of media.
- Use the Internet for developing
social studies lessons.