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EDU 315 Tchg Elementary Sch Social Studies

This course will focus on current best-practice, research-based approaches to the teaching and learning of social sciences. An integrated teaching approach will be used to help pre-service educators develop goals and objectives, apply the Characteristics of Effective Instruction of the Iowa Core, enhance content knowledge, utilize methodologies, organize curriculum and assess learning in a variety of ways. In this course, pre-service educators will initially learn to develop curriculum including unit and lesson planning. This is reinforced in other elementary education courses, such as Teaching Elementary Language Arts, Teaching Elementary Science, and Teaching Elementary Math. Pre-service educators will develop projects, lessons and units based on state and national standards to use in their student teaching and teaching experiences. Activities will include the broad areas of social sciences: history, geography, political science, civic literacy and economics. Integration of technology, classroom management, and the creative arts, as they apply to teaching and to student learning in the social sciences are addressed.