Curriculum and Instruction: History

The guiding theme of the Graduate School of Education is Education for Transformation.  This course fully embraces this theme and will prepare you to become a full participant in the dialogue about your subject matter and education in this new century.  It will be your responsibility and charge to:

·     Demonstrate excellent knowledge, judgment, and skill in your chosen professional field

·     Promote equity of educational opportunity for all learners

·     Collaborate with other educators, parents, and community representatives to support educational excellence.

·     Use inquiry and research to address educational issues

Your role as curriculum designers is a first step in revising how we look at history as well how to better teach history.


Service Learning

Final Project:  Service Learning Project;  American Government at the Pyne School in Lowell.

Connecting theory with practice through service learning

The Alliance for Service Learning in Education Reform defines service learning in the following way:

Service Learning is a way by which young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully- organized service experiences that meet actual community needs, that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community, that are integrated in each young person’s academic curriculum, that provide structured time for a young person to think, talk, and write about what he/she did and saw during actual service activity…enhance what is taught in the school day extending student learning beyond the classroom and that help to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.”

The history of social studies education is rich in connecting the history of civic action to service action.  Research suggests that those who participate in service learning make gains in academic development, social and personal development and political efficacy and participation. For the purpose of this service learning project, it is hoped that you will grow in all three areas.

The Pyne School in Lowell is a K-8 school of mixed demographics.  You will be creating a unit of 5 lessons around American government and civic activism during the American Revolution. You will integrate the information on the website a project initiated by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. She founded I Civics and complementary teaching materials “reverse Americans’ declining civic knowledge and participation.”

You will be teaching 8th graders from 1-1:52 PM before class and on the dates indicated below. It is in middle school that the political education of children begins preparing them for their roles of informed citizens.  On September 10th, Mike Neagle, the history teacher at the Pyne, will speak to class and give profiles of the students in the class. Your audience will be 26 8th graders of whom there are 11 ELLs.

You will all be assigned a group of students, but you can create and share these materials. In each group there will be some elements, so be sure that you scaffold for ELLs.

All of you will be videotaped and assessed using the state’s teacher candidate assessment form (CAP). Both Mike and I will calibrate your ratings and you will be given a grade for this part of the assignment.