Curriculum and Instruction: History



The Massachusetts Common Core and the historical thinking standards created by the National Center for History in the Schools guide the organization of this course. The outcomes for this course are the state’s Professional Standards for Teachers.



When you complete this course, you will have examined your personal beliefs about history and will have;


1.     Become more skillful and confident in organizing your historical and social science knowledge.


2.     Learned how to promote the learning and growth of all students by providing high quality and coherent instruction.


3.     Designed rigorous standards based units of instruction consisting of well-structured lessons with measurable outcomes.


3.     Used a variety of informal and formal methods of assessment to measure student learning, growth, and understanding.


4.     Analyzed data from assessments, draw conclusions and share them appropriately.


5.     Developed differentiated and enhanced student learning experiences and improve future instruction.


6.     Actively creatde and maintained an environment where students’ diverse backgrounds, identities and strengths and challenges are respected.


7.     Used instructional planning materials and student engagement approaches that support students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, strengths and challenges. (SEI)





8.     Demonstrated knowledge of the difference between social and academic language and the importance of this difference in planning, differentiating and delivering effective instruction for English language learners at various levels of English language proficiency and literacy. (SEI)


9.     Used effective strategies and techniques for making content accessible for English language learners. (SEI)


10.     Become aware of your strengths and weaknesses in order to reflect on and improve your own practice.


11.     Incorporated critical and historical thinking skills and higher order questioning at all grade levels.


12.     Promoted and sustained the values and beliefs reflective of living in a democratic society and a global world by actively participating in community service and promoting a social curriculum.


13.     Collaborated effectively with colleagues on a wide range of tasks.


14.     Learned about the importance of encouraging every family to become active participants in the classroom and school community.


15.     Promoted interdisciplinary learning by choosing to look at subject matter through different perspectives.


16.     Become familiar with the state (Common Core) frameworks for history/social sciences and implemented the content, skills, dispositions and assessment promoted in these documents into your teaching.

Additional Outcomes for the Course

17.     Understand how technology can enhance the learning of all participants.


18.     Understand the importance of teaching with historical places as an example of experiential learning.


19.     Select content matter that is relevant, motivating, and challenging to all the students you teach.


20.      Foster history as a method of inquiry recognizing that history as its own purpose with life-long applications and consequences.


21.     Develop in students history’s habits of minds that include the understanding of the significance of the past to their own lives while developing historical empathy (Addresses excellence, and inquiry)


22.     Become convinced of the importance of service learning and the contribution to building community ties.