Continuous Improvement in the History and Social Studies by Daniel R. McCaulley

By Daniel R. McCaulley

Frustration! it's a part of each educator s paintings surroundings. At a time whilst the appearance of the web must have made entry to details on heritage, economics, present affairs, and global geography a snap (or a click), American scholars are embarrassing us in comparisons with scholars of alternative industrialized international locations. detailed to lecture room practitioners, this e-book describe the writer s trip into an enlightenment: an enlightenment of approach, of perspective, of philosophy, and of group. After greater than 30 years in schooling, he stumbled on anything that is sensible for academics and scholars: the progressive L to J strategy that makes a speciality of altering scholars fulfillment rankings from an L form the place few scholars prevail to a J form the place the bulk in achieving. the idea for this booklet is for you to impact non-stop development on your personal social stories school room. writer Daniel R. McCaulley can say this with self assurance not just simply because he did it, yet simply because many different actual practitioners are doing it on a daily basis in turning out to be numbers. The e-book exhibits how

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I even went to the trouble of grading the results. The overall score for knowing the first and last names of those who had been in history class with them for 7½ months (new arrivals were exempted) was 21%. We simply don’t know one another as well as we think we do. 3 illustrates what a typical student’s form might look like. indd 17 6/4/10 9:20 AM 18 Chapter Two How well do you know your classmates? 3 Seating chart challenge. Simply stated, students are our customers. There, I said it! And furthermore, we don’t get to choose the ones we would like to teach that year, nor can we assume that parents are keeping the best ones at home.

The essential fact is: The idea for a bill of rights came partly from the Magna Carta of 1215 and the English Bill of Rights of 1689, which guaranteed English citizens certain freedoms. The question is: Question 1—Quiz 1 Name at least one historical source document drawn upon by our founders in creating our Bill of Rights. indd 29 6/4/10 9:20 AM 30 Chapter Three Congratulations! You have just given your very first continuous improvement quiz. The excitement is building, and we haven’t even talked about charting results or celebrating improvement yet.

Plenty! You may not be able to single-handedly fix the systemic problems we all face, but what about the little corner of the educational world where you live? The premise for this book is that you can effect continuous improvement in your very own social studies classroom. I can say this with confidence not only because I did it, but because real practitioners like you are doing it every day in growing numbers. The rest of this book is dedicated to the “how” of doing just that. indd 8 6/4/10 9:20 AM Chapter 2 Thinking Systemically: A New Way of Looking at K–12 Education (and Your Classroom) Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

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