Civics & Government
This session focuses on developing classroom simulations on how governments respond to rebuilding areas harmed by natural disasters. This is to help students understand the complex deliberations that accompany reconstruction.
Dean Vesperman, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN; Amanda Vizek, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
This presentation reviews a social studies project in which students were called to create slam poems and images to address the question "What does it mean to be a 'citizen?'"
Nicholas Calamito, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA; Anthony Pellegrino, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Kristien Zenkov, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Participants will be introduced to a variety of effective discussion and reading strategies intended to increase participation of struggling students in the social studies classroom.
Jen Reidel, Lynden High School, Lynden, WA; Bruce Larson, Western Washington University/Associate Professor, Secondary Education, Bellingham, WA
This session explores a cross-curricular approach to teaching government and statistics that engages students in the critical evaluation of data when shaping their views regarding government and politics.
Karlye Mull, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, Las Vegas, NV; George Mattie, Shadow Ridge High School, Las Vegas, NV
The timing of the NCSS 2012 conference is ideal for analyzing the presidential election for government classes.
Jennifer Bouchard, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL
Understanding the content and practices of science is essential to citizenship. We will explore ways to incorporate socioscientific issues into social studies curriculum and teaching to strengthen democratic citizenship.
Alicia Crowe, Kent State University, Kent, OH; Lisa Borgerding, kent State University, Kent, OH; Andrew Hostetler, Kent State University, Kent, OH; Rajlakshmi Ghosh, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Through modeling a Storypath approach, participants will learn about engaging pedagogies that connect diverse students to "lived experiences" and promote application of understandings, skills and dispositions for 21st Century sustainability.
Margit McGuire, Seattle University, Seattle, WA; Bronwyn Cole, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales
This session utilizes decision-making curriculum to promote an understanding of historical significance. Students will actively research controversial questions and discuss solutions that mimic democratic participation and historical inquiry.
Star Nance, Little Axe Public Schools, Norman, OK
Let's play video games to learn about our government and become active citizens! In this interactive presentation participants will learn how to develop community partnerships through free on-line gaming.
Karon LeCompte, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Brooke Blevins, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Karen McDonald, Waco Independent School District, Waco, TX; Berkley Scroggins, Baylor Law School, Waco, TX; Sunny Wells, Baylor University, Waco, TX
Discover two new technology-based resources from the Center on Congress that engage students in authentic historical inquiry: Congressional Moments videos and the Civic Quotes iPad app.
Elaine Larson, Center on Congress at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN