KG Montessori/PYP Calendar 2017-2018
Enhancing Global Perspectives
The Social Studies Department teaches students to become critical thinkers and learners through an inquiry-based approach to Social Studies. The department offers a broad and challenging program that aims to sharpen students’ thinking and decision-making capabilities while enhancing their global perspective.
- To develop skills for analytical reading, critical thinking and interdisciplinary understanding.
- Evaluate and place primary and secondary sources in context.
- Identify different historical arguments.
- Connect economic concepts to the real world.
- Supporting claims with theories, experiments & studies.
- To develop the ability to use and conduct primary and secondary research.
- To develop dispositions of international mindedness.
- To maintain and continue to improve a structure that fosters department-wide communication as well as collaboration in the following areas: Grade level content and skills.
TEACHING AND LEARNINg
The Social Studies department teaches students to become critical thinkers and learners through an inquiry-based approach to history and the social sciences. The department offers a broad and challenging program that aims to sharpen students’ thinking and decision-making capabilities while enhancing their global perspective . We recognize and support that learning best takes place when students are encouraged and guided to take ownership of their learning. This is achieved through a partnership between students and teachers using a variety of methods including, but not limited to:
- Critical Reflection
- Digital Learning
- Direct Instruction
- Experiential Learning
- Fully/Partially Guided Learning
- Independent Study Units
- Individual and Group Grounded Learning Experiences
- Interdisciplinary Opportunities
- Open-‐Ended Questions
- Technology Supported Learning
- Differentiated Activities
Furthermore, in their Social Studies classes, students consider essential questions that examine historical narratives and facilitate deep exploration of the human condition. They also learn, practice and master skills relatively to Social Studies, such as analytical reading, note-taking, speaking, and listening, as well as thesis-driven writing.