A Changing World: Engaging Students in Thinking About Social Studies

A Changing World: Engaging Students in Thinking About Social StudiesLast Tuesday, May 1, all of fourth grade gathered in Mr. Little’s classroom. When Mr. Overlie announced Jing Shan Management would pave over the sport field, the reaction in the students’ faces showed us they were hooked onto social studies.

It was an engaging and   authentic experience. The students made personal connections to the key concepts. They were curious. They were thoughtful. They wanted to talk about the issue.

We wanted the students to understand that humans affect each other when they make a change to the planet. We wanted them to understand that change influences human events. We wanted them to understand the relationship between actions and events within the context of one specific change.

A Changing World: Engaging Students in Thinking About Social StudiesThe event was a collaborative effort between the teachers, some parents and our vice-principal. Together we presented the question to the students as if it was really going to happen, but we led them to believe it was also a surprise to us.

The parents led the students in discussions to answer  these questions: Who would be affected? How would they be affected? What is the greatest impact of this change? We identified different groups, within the SIS community, affected by this change. Students  also predicted likely positive and negative   impacts affecting each group.

A Changing World: Engaging Students in Thinking About Social StudiesFinally, the choices for greatest impact varied; from students   losing valuable recess space to SIS losing money—because parents would not want to send their children to a school with very little space to play—to Jing Shan earning lots of  money from the cost of rent for the proposed villas.

At the end of the simulation, we revealed the truth. Most students were relieved to know their beloved sport field would not be demolished, while others were shocked at the deception. Everyone understood the value in this thinking exercise.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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