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Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms: The Surprising Power of Joy

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Politcal intrigue. Environmental issues. Ethical dilemmas. Critical thinking. Problem solving. Social studies content is directly connected to real life and is filled with built-in hooks to transform tuned-out students into engaged and enthusiastic learners. Building on the insights and research in Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, Erekson explains how to integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards. In addition to discussing how to create a student-centred classroom and develop activities that generate authentic products and meaningful outcomes, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance your own joy in teaching and learning.

Politcal intrigue. Environmental issues. Ethical dilemmas. Critical thinking. Problem solving. Social studies content is directly connected to real life and is filled with built-in hooks to transform tuned-out students into engaged and enthusiastic learners. Experiencing schoolwide elections, researching a cause and participating in mock court cases are just a few ways to build the joyful self-efficacy and knowledge that students need for higher education, career and civic-minded adulthood.

Building on the insights and research in Engaging Minds in the Classroom: The Surprising Power of Joy, Erekson explains how to integrate the joyful learning approach with social studies standards – including the Common Core, the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, and the College, Career, and Civic Life framework. Topics in Engaging Minds in Social Studies Classrooms include:

  • Understanding joyful learning in social studies,
  • Evaluating and assessing joyful learning,
  • Implementing joyful learning in social studies, and
  • Using joyful learning to support education initiatives.

In addition to discussing how to create a student-centred classroom and develop activities that generate authentic products and meaningful outcomes, Erekson provides specific strategies that will enhance your own joy in teaching and learning.

  • James A Erekson

    James A Erekson

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SKU 113022
ISBN 9781760012731
Publish date 10 Jun 2014
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