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Secrets to Success for Social Studies Teachers



August 2007 | 280 pages | Corwin

"Kottler and Gallavan provide a wealth of valuable material, practical ideas, and wonderful hints for beginning social studies teachers to get started, get involved, and continue their own learning."
—Stephen Armstrong, Board of Directors
National Council for the Social Studies

"A very nice contribution to the social studies field, with a wide reach among both K–12 and preservice teachers. The authors do an excellent job in areas that are often overlooked, focusing on meaningful instruction, powerful teaching and learning, and NCSS standards."
—John K. Lee, Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Practical guidelines for successful social studies instruction!

Using their proven formula for guiding novice, preservice, and experienced teachers, the authors synthesize real-world insights and the most practical elements of pedagogy to provide a ready-to-use resource of best classroom practices. Based on the authors' experience as teacher educators and skilled social studies teachers, this text helps practitioners:

  • Make instruction meaningful 
  • Develop literacy to build social studies skills
  • Incorporate district expectations and state standards
  • Create a community of learners
  • Collaborate with colleagues

The authors provide easy-to-follow lists, tips, and sample forms and letters to help teachers organize their daily work and reduce stress.


 
Foreword by Jeff Passe
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Design Your Classroom to Create Communities of Learners
 
2. Understand Standards to Develop Your Curriculum
 
3. Make Your Instruction Meaningful to Empower Learners
 
4. Align Assessments With Objectives to Strengthen Outcomes
 
5. Connect the Learning to Reach Students' Lives
 
6. Develop Literacy to Build Social Studies Skills
 
7. Plan With Students in Mind to Prepare Your Teaching
 
8. Collaborate With Colleagues to Expand Opportunities
 
9. Incorporate Resources to Make Social Studies Real
 
10. Integrate Technology to Enrich Learning
 
11. Seek Powerful Activities to Engage Learners
 
12. Reflect on Your Practices to Prepare for the Future
 
Resource A. Social Studies Textbook Evaluation Tool
 
Resource B. Sample Social Studies Concepts by Level
 
Resource C. Detailed Lesson Plan Guide
 
Resource D. Abbreviated Lesson Plan Tool
 
Resource E. Social Studies Curriculum Evaluation Tool
 
Readings and References
 
Index

"Kottler and Gallavan provide a wealth of valuable material, practical ways, and wonderful hints for beginning social studies teachers to get started, get involved, and continue their own learning."

Stephen Armstrong, Member of the Board of Directors
National Council for the Social Studies

"A very nice contribution to the social studies field, with a wide reach among inservice and preservice teachers. The authors do an excellent job in areas that are often overlooked, focusing on meaningful instruction, powerful teaching and learning, and NCSS standards."

John K. Lee, Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

"Kottler and Gallavan have done nothing less than write the story of a social studies teacher's year in the classroom, starting from the beginning stages of planning and proceeding to cover, with tremendous breadth and precision of detail, every possible aspect of the teacher's job. To read this book cover to cover is to be well prepared to teach social studies in today's classroom."

David L. Moguel, Associate Professor of Secondary Education
California State University, Northridge

“Here are tips based on both the authors’ experiences as social studies teachers and the insights of colleagues, all distilled into a set of tips for formulating meaningful instruction.”

California Bookwatch, April 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Quotes from teachers & students
  • Suggested activities
  • Planning checklists

Sample Materials & Chapters

Kottler & Gallavan Introduction

Kottler & Gallavan Chapter 1


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