Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Week #1: What does social studies look like in society? Locate and blog about an article that relates to any topics, themes, or big ideas regarding social studies.

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  2. Wall Street Journal from Friday, September 6, 2013
    "Cancer Vaccine Setback" by Jeanne Whalen and Ron Winslow
    In London, an experimental skin cancer vaccine was tested to see if it could use the body's immune system to kill its own cancer cells, but was not successful. 1,345 patients with skin cancer were given either the vaccine or the placebo, and the results showed no difference in the amount of time melanoma patients lived without their disease returning.

    This article is directly linked to the study of society and gives an example of how scientists and doctors are working together to cure cancer. Children need to learn about what is happening in the world and that even though there are many diseases out there, there are also people working day in and day out to find cures. Medicine has taken a huge leap forward since our country's founding and it is truly a miracle that there are so many different treatments available. If students can understand that people make a difference in medicine, then they could potentially join the force of pursuing modern medicine.

    What does social studies look like in society? Doctors and scientists are making history by pursuing medicine and trying to help our society live a longer, healthier life. Social studies in society is every time someone goes to the doctor. Social studies looks like the increase of age that people are living to, the cures to infections, and the surgeries that never could have been performed even 20 years ago.

    Articles like this one can be a foundation to teaching children about what is going on in our world and how it affects us. Social studies affects us! By having newspapers (or kids versions) available in the classroom (and teaching children how to read them), kids will feel up to date and will enjoy feeling like they understand what is going on in the world.

    Taryn Lewis

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    1. I love this! I never thought of how much medicine really does have an effect on what Social Studies looks like. But it really does! Thank you!

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  3. Taryn, you not only figured out how to do this blog, but your posting is very interesting. I wonder how many adults, let alone children, know how to interact with newspapers and how to evaluate them for the biases the writer may have and may be putting across to the readers. You are so right--social studies is happening all around us every day and teaching children how to know if the content in the newspapers and tv news is reliable and trustworthy is a very important skill!

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  4. The New York Times from Monday, September 9, 2013
    “Picking Death Over Eviction” by Ian Johnson
    Citizens of China are forced to leave their homes to accommodate the expansion of major cities into rural farmland. Stories of families fighting back in the cities of Chengdu, Beijing, and Changsha tell of families how are forcibly removed from their homes as they are torn down. Over the past five years 39 farmers have chosen to commit suicide as a form of protest rather than allow their homes and shops to be bulldozed. The Chinese government has chosen not to respond to these suicides.

    This article is a good example of the communist government in China and how the state interests are more important than the well being of individual citizens. Children need to learn about historical government systems as well as current government systems and their effect on people. The events discussed in this article can easily lead into a conversation about how China has responded to protests historically and what elements of communism create this reaction from the government.
    Exploring global issues and their connections to 20th century events is standard 4 of the 6th grade social studies core and connecting these protests to the protests in Tienanmen Square would be a worthwhile activity.

    What does social studies look like in society?
    Citizens of China are protesting their government and being ignored despite people giving their lives in protest. People being unhappy with their government and doing something about it is social studies today.

    I would love to use articles that show a part of the government system of a country to talk about government systems and how they affect the lives of their citizens. With shocking articles like this I would also want to talk with my students about human rights and what rights they think we are entitled to. This will help solidify their own opinions about how people should be treated.

    Laura Villicana

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    1. That is crazy that such things still happen in our daily news. If I had read this article without a date, I would have thought that it was from some Chinese revolution many years ago. It's good to be aware that such events happen all over the world, even if they are not in my backyard.
      Personally, I would rather be evicted than dead, but that just goes to show that I was brought up in a different culture and have different values than those Chinese farmers from the article. It's thought provoking to consider such things.

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    2. I read that article, too, and it always surprises me how little respect some countries give to individual human rights. It would be interesting for children to research what their rights would be in similar circumstances. I'm curious to know what rights I have to my property versus imminent domain government rights. I can totally relate to this article...except the suicide.

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    3. This is so interesting! I saw the title and thought, "I have to read this post!" Very interesting, and thought provoking response as well. I think it's a great idea to use this article in the upper grades to learn more about different governments. Our textbooks tell us some things, but they definitely are not going to tell us stuff like this! I think a story like this would really get the kids passionate about the subject of government.

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  6. Wall Street Journal from Monday, September 9, 2013
    "China Data Boost Australian Dollar; U.S. Dollar Weaker as Syria Uncertainty Weighs" by Claire Connaghan

    Summary
    Due to the events happening in Syria, along with the United States' involvement, the US dollar has lowered in value in comparison to curriencies in other countries, such as Australia, China, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and Japan. The US dollar is seen as a risk at the moment, especially due to so much uncertainty about the main issues present in US government, such as Syria and Fed tapering.

    Connect to Social Studies:
    As our world becomes more interconnected, we need to be aware of important events transpiring in other areas and how they affect us. Even if Syria is not close physically to us, we can understand the things happening there and what it means to others through the news.

    Classroom Application
    Articles like this can help students get a glimpse of real life foreign relations. Students can also see how America's currency compares with other nations, showing them that other cultures use different currency, and that bills are not worth the same amount across countries.

    What does social studies look like in society?
    Social studies is the current events occurring throughout the world and our awareness of it and its impacts. Social studies is understanding the relationships between and within countries, through something like currencies.

    Holly Meek

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    1. Boo! I hate when I'm told that my hard-earned money is not worth as much as it could be! This article is eye-opening and definitely puts into perspective how world events really do impact our country. Sounds like we need to take this currency value into consideration when planning a foreign trip! Time to visit a place where our money is worth more!

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  7. New York Times September 4, 2013
    "Leaving a Tip: A Custom in Need of Changing?" by Pete Wells

    Summary: This article is about tipping in restaurants and how it is ineffective and in a way illegal. It is ineffective because a big tip doesn't change the service the server will give you if he/she does not even know whether or not you will give a big tip until after you leave. And it is illegal because much of the money that servers make is in tips and a lot of those tips come in cash and go unreported. Many restaurants are trying to change this by adding a service charge to their prices and paying servers a higher wage and they don't accept tips.

    Connect to Social Studies: Tipping is a way of society. It's never taught in school and restaurants don't tell you to tip, but it's something we learn from our society and from our social environment. Most people know that it's polite to tip. So it's a part of social studies.

    Classroom Application: Students can think about real life applications and think about times they have eaten at restaurants and their parents have left tips on the table. This will connect Social Studies to the world around them. You could even start a discussion/debate about whether or not we should have tips.

    What does Social Studies look like in society?: I think Social Studies looks like people in a society and the things we do. I'm sure if somebody came from another planet and looked at the people on this world, there would be many things we do that would be totally weird but they are social norms in our society. Things like tipping might be totally weird to somebody from a different planet or a different country but those kinds of social norms and the study of them are some of the things that make up social studies.

    Lana Poppleton

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    1. It sounds like a very interesting article! I like how you thought about it in terms of classroom application. Like you said, tipping is something most kids have seen their parents do, and for many kids (especially middle and upper class families) it is something that could quite possibly be very familiar to them. This would be a good article to get started talking about a broader topic because it is something from every day life and something they would say, "I know about that!" and it would draw them in to learn more! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. I have never thought about tipping this way and this article definitely connects to the economics side of social studies. It is really interesting that tipping is just a social norm that we follow, but it affects the wages of servers. I think that students in the upper grades would have rich conversation about whether this is fair or not to the servers, thanks for the idea!

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    3. Really interesting. I can see how the IRS would be upset about unreported tips. However, I don't think it's fair at all to take away tips unless there is going to be a MASSIVE raise in wages. I think kids in older grades could have a lot of fun with this, and the teacher could even incorporate it into a math lesson (how much to tip using percentages, etc...).

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  8. The New York Times, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
    Crackdown On Bloggers Is Mounted By China by Chris Buckley

    Summary
    The Chinese government has begun a campaign to eliminate lies from the Internet by detaining some of the most influential microblog site commentators on charges of concocting and spreading false claims, including politically damaging claims. Critics see the campaign as an effort to control the microblog world, honest as well as dishonest. Internet messages in China are already censored, but “news and views in brief messages can flit past censors.” According to one observer, some of the sites have become more influential than certain state media outlets, and the Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, is among the efforts to reverse the spread of liberal ideas that challenge one-party rule.

    Connections to social studies
    This article is a great example of interaction among individuals, groups, and institutions. It is important for students to know what controls them and how they can control and influence others. This article can be connected to Grade 6, Standard 4: Understand global issues and rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world.

    Response to the question, “What does social studies look like in society?”
    In this example, the Chinese government might be able to control the information spread on the microblog sites to a degree, but people everywhere seem to find ways to share their ideas when they find them important.

    Application
    In the classroom, students could participate in a similar activity (e.g. read a human rights article in the newspaper) and share their opinions about which rights should be dictated by government and which rights are inalienable. Then they could explore which rights are guaranteed them by the United States Constitution.

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    1. The above post was submitted by Joyce Mustoe

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    2. I think it's important to know things like this so we realize we are not the only people in this world. That sounds simple but to children, everyone in the world is like them. If you're not like them, you're weird. The more they learn about the culture and government of other countries, the more they will appreciate diversity as they grow older. This is especially important in non-diverse areas.

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  9. In the New York Times, September 6, it talks about the war in Syria. Obama's position is "punish President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons without seeking to force him from power." (Jodi Rudoren) This president is doing horrible things like gassing his own citizens. Some say Obama shouldn't be giving any support at all while others feel he needs to take a more direct stance.

    Growing up I gave little though to these stories. They were just things that happened in other countries. Another article pointed out, however, that the war in Syria does have domestic repercussions. Money is going towards Syria instead of helping out with domestic affairs such as welfare and national security. This is something that students need to understand: even if something happens in a far country, it doesn't mean it won't affect us. We need to know what is going on in the world.

    Social studies looks just like that. It is being aware of what is happening around you and why. Knowing the history behind it helps you know how to deal with it.

    I saw a classroom last semester that helped the students see this view of social studies. The students were invited to bring in newspaper articles and they were kept in a large binder. The students could read the articles during silent reading time. Making articles like this available to students shows them that it is important and invites them to learn more about it.

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    1. Oh, by the way, the articles I read were, "Israel Backs Limited Strike Against Syria" by Jodi Rudoren and "Proudly Patriotic but Skeptical on Syria Attack" by Michael Wines

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    2. I love what you said about social studies: "social studies...is being aware of what is happening around you and why" and that "knowing the history behind it helps you...deal with it." This is much my same viewpoint on what social studies is as well, and why it's important. So many students, even in our own generation, do not know what is going on in the world around them either because they don't know how to find out or they just plain don't care; this is because they didn't build an appreciation for social studies in school. A lack of consciousness of the world around us doesn't lead to very informed citizens who are able to make their own choices; this leads to a society where we just "take their word for it" and go along with whatever the majority claims. That is why social studies is so important! It helps develop an awareness in our students of the world around them that they will take with them the rest of their lives and that they will use to make informed decisions and help make our country greater. So anyways, I liked how you mentioned that in your response-- as you can see it brought a lot to my mind-- very thought provoking!

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  10. The New York Times
    Saturday, September 7, 2013
    Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equality/ Jodi Kantor

    Article Summary:
    At Harvard, while many female students did well enough on tests and material, they still were not doing as well as the male students. They analyzed this and discovered that it was due to the 50% of their grades that was made up of class participation. Female students were in male taught classes with exuberant male peers who dominated class discussions. Harvard’s first female president, and her newly appointed dean strove to change those odds for female students starting the “experiment” on the class of 2013. They added extra classes on being assertive and confident in class for female students, added more female professors, and had stenographers in every class (to avoid “biased remembering” by male professors).

    Social Studies Connections:
    This article has a lot to do with the NCSS principle individuals, groups, and institutions. The article deals with the gender inequality present even at a very prestige university like Harvard. This principle focuses on how institutions have a major influence on people’s lives; the article, likewise, focuses on how running a school that plays to the strengths of males rather than those of females influences the lives of males and females alike. This principle also deals with how institutions change over time; the article studies how Harvard is changing to assist female students and level the playing field. This article also deals with the civic ideals and practices principle. Gender equality and women’s rights are two civic ideals and practices that have been very present in US history; the article explores how we are still dealing with these practices by working to make Harvard a better place for women, and thereby hopefully men as well.

    Application:

    Standards: Fifth Grade Social Studies Standard V.
    Objective 2: Assess the impact of social and political movements in recent United States history.
    Indicators:
    a. Identify major social movements of the 20th century (eg. Women’s movement, the civil rights movement, and child labor reforms).

    I would use this article with and older grade and then have students research women’s rights and the fight for equality as well as what is happening today. With that research we could write persuasive essays or do a debate about whether or not we are doing enough to guarantee equality for women. This could also lead into studying other types of people and their struggles for equality.

    Response to Weekly Theme:
    Social studies in society looks like all those things we study in school manifesting themselves in real life. History repeats itself, thus we will see things that we studied in social studies again and again throughout time. In this case it looks like what we studied when we study about women’s right and female equality. There are many cases we study in social studies about organizations changing through the fight for women’s rights to make the world more accessible to women. It has been a gradual change that we see is continuing today.

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    1. Discrimination (for lack of a better word) has always been a subject of interest to me. I definitely agree that there are groups of people that do not have a level playing field- women, blacks, hispanic, etc. I am always proud when I hear of efforts being made to give everyone an equal chance. My concern is- when does it make the playing field unfair to the 'majority'- white males? Is there a line that, when crossed, makes the same exact situation people are trying to fix? I really like your article. Very interesting for me. These would be interesting topics to bring up with students as well.

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    2. I think that girls are as capable as men and should be treated that way. I think that Harvard taking a stand in helping women is very commendable. I feel like this is an issue that is important to our society in encouraging women to be confident and feel like they can make meaningful contributions to society.

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  11. This article is a great example of how the fight for women's rights still continues in the U.S. today. I love your idea of using this article to teach social movements. It shows the children that even after the rights are won politically we still have to work for years to gain true equality.

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  12. The New York Times, Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    Revisiting Bar Mitzvahs In effort to End a Drain by Laurie Goodstein

    Summary: The bar and bat mitzvah is a celebration for when boys reach the age of 13, girls 12. It has been found that many leave synagogue after their celebration - a 3rd of religious school students after 7th grade, 85% by 12th grade. Jewish leaders are coming together to reinvent the entire bar and bat mitzvah process in the hopes of changing it from being such a performance to becoming a part of a community.

    Connections to Social Studies:
    This relates to Social Studies in many ways, as evidenced by comparing with the NCSS standards. The bar and bat mitzvah is an important part of the Jewish culture (Culture). But the times have changed, practices have been established that may not be good, and changes are being made (Time, Continuity, and Change). The institutions where boys and girls go to learn about Torah and their religion is one of the ways that keeps the Jewish community connected(Individuals, Groups, and Institutions). Jewish leaders are using their authority to make changes for their people (Power, Authority, and Governance).

    Response to topic of week:
    This is social studies in action! A society is changing its practices and traditions to meet the current needs of its people. Social studies is about changing, adapting, expanding, and learning. The Jewish community is doing just that.

    Application:
    All students have a culture they come from. Change is very common. And they will have to experience it in their own lives at some time. Reading this article can give them a taste of what is going on all over the world. There are many different opinions and it is important to listen to all of them and decide what is best to do. There are people for and against changing the bar and bat mitzvah. The Jewish leaders are working with that- each congregation is expected to design its own program and share the results.

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    1. I really like how you said “social studies is about changing, adapting, expanding and learning”. I think a lot of times we focus on how social studies has changed and adapted in the past. However, change is currently happening all over the world, and this article will help students see the relevance of this concept.

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    2. This is a really cool idea to talk to students about. Sometimes it seems like our personal cultures are taboo in the classroom, so instead of avoiding them just let everyone discuss them and learn about eachother!

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  13. New York Times/ September 6, 2013
    A Japanese Social App Contacts New Shores By Eric Pfanner

    Summary: Although it is a fairly new messaging system, 230 million monthly users are “shaking their smartphones” to trigger Line, an “application that lets people exchange information, send silly stickers and play games with their friends”. While it hasn’t reached America, it is growing at a faster rate than Facebook did in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Chief executive Akira Morikawa explained that the company’s ultimate goals are to become “the No. 1 online service” and “a common language for the world”. While these are certainly ambitious goals, users are sending over one billion stickers, or images to communicate feelings, per day. Executives feel confident that the privacy and uniqueness of their messaging app will take off in the United States soon as well.

    Connections to Social Studies: This article relates particularly to the NCSS themes “Science, Technology, and Society” and “Global Connections”. This article highlights the role technology plays in social and cultural change. Technology has reduced obstacles and made our world more interconnected. Ultimately, this helps students have a better understanding of the world.

    What does social studies look like in society? Social studies in society looks like a world becoming more interconnected. It is expanding one’s understanding of the world as the world is more readily accessible, specifically though technology. It is learning about other cultures, and respecting them.

    Applications: This article along with others of a similar nature could be used in the classroom to demonstrate how technology is making the world more interconnected. While it is important to teach students how technology has impacted the ways people interact in the past, having newspaper articles will make this concept relevant and meaningful for students.
    Blog Author: Kara Weathers

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    1. I really liked your point that technology is making the world more interconnected. I think that this is very true. (Just having a newspaper that prints articles in the United States like this is more evidence.) Technology has influences the way we connect and communicate with everyone around us. This article really does accentuate the global connections and technology that is exploding in our world today.

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  14. New York Times from Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
    "No Child Left Untableted" by Carlo Rotella

    Summary
    Technology resources used in our schools are increasing at a rapid rate. A new one aimed at being distributed in k-12 schools soon all over the country is called a Tablet. This gadget created by a company called Amplify enables students to study, do homework, take tests in the classroom. There is much debate about the usefulness of this new technology resource and if its advantages could prove to help students for the better in acquiring education. Some worry that too much technology takes valuable learning experiences and interaction away from students.

    Connect to Social Studies:
    This is a great example of Science, Technology, and Society occurring right now. It is an issue that demands our attention with how it is affecting our education and our children's future. Will having the Tablets truly enrich our children's education? How much is too much technology? These questions are important to think about and relate to how social studies is an important part of our lives we need to consider and think about.

    Classroom Application
    The Tablet resource can help students in many ways. "Entire units of curriculum can be loaded on the tablet in advance or sent out as an instant update, accommodating students working at drastically different paces." Teachers can use the Tablet to evaluate each student at their own level in an efficient manner.
    Joel Klein, a very prominent advocator of the new Tablets thinks that it is time for our education system to take a new turn and do things differently in hopes to get better results in educational learning.

    What does social studies look like in society?
    Social studies in society is exciting! It is bringing in new ideas and changes that are new, that we may have not thought about before. It challenges us to think critically and thoughtfully. It is amazing how social studies is a very relevant force in all of our lives!

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    1. I think that it would be great to share parts of this article with your students and discuss with them what they think the pros and cons of using more technology are. Help them to use critical thinking. This also helps them analyze how they best learn and take charge of their own learning.

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  16. City Opera Warns of Wide Cancellations if Fund-Raising Lags
    The New York Times
    September 9, 2013
    The Arts Section
    By Michael Cooper

    Article Summary: The New York City Opera is having financial troubles. They have a cash crisis that makes it so that they do not have the funding they need to fund the operas. Years ago, they have overspent and now they do not have the funding and audience to continue without more funding. The last two years they have been in budget but even so if they do not raise $20 million the Opera will have to cancel performances.

    Social Studies Connection: In sixth grade, students learn about culture and the change of culture that occurred in the Renaissance. They also learn about how the Middle Ages and the Renaissance influences modern culture today. Opera and the music that is written in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance have had enormous influence in the music and entertainment that we have today. Opera is one of the large art forms that we still have today. Also, music is a very large part of our students’ lives and cultures. With the technology of iPods, headphones and other personal devices, music has become a continual part of our lives. With Opera houses having financial troubles, the implications of culture and our roots may be changing.

    Application: I would use this article to explore the culture of the Renaissance and how the Renaissance impacted our culture today. I would also use this article to have them see how culture changes overtime and although the Renaissance influences our culture, our culture is changing and developing.

    Social Studies and how it looks like in Society: This article really shows socials studies in our world today. This article demonstrates that our society today is creating the social studies of tomorrow.

    Blog Author: Rachel Stokes

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  17. The New York Times, Thursday, September 12, 2013
    Facebook Privacy Change is Subject of F.T.C. Inquiry by Vindu Goel and Edward Wyatt

    Summary
    The Federal Trade Commission (F.T.C.) has been investigating the new privacy policies of Facebook. In 2011, Facebook agreed that they must receive permission from Facebook users to be able to use their private information and give it to other people such as businesses and advertisement companies. However, according to F.T.C., about a week ago Facebook improperly changed their policy without approval from their users or the F.T.C. Senator Markey commented on this policy by saying that “This troubling shift in policy raises a number of questions about whether Facebook is improperly altering its privacy policy without proper user consent and, if the changes go into effect, the degree to which Facebook users will lose control over their personal information.”

    Connections to social studies
    This article is very relevant to the sixth grade standard IV which states, “Students will understand current global issues and their rights and responsibilities in the interconnected world.” Objective 3 is to “Determine human rights and responsibilities in the world.” Objective 2 is “Explore current global issues facing the modern world and identify potential solutions.” It can also relate to multiple NCSS Standards like the following: Science, Technology & Society, Individuals, Groups & Institutions. It is important that the students understand their rights and how to protect them, especially because they are so young and may be naive to such happenings.

    Response to the question, “What does social studies look like in society?”
    Social studies in this article appears to be the government trying to help protect the rights of American citizens who are involved in the very prevalent and culturally accepted website called Facebook.

    Application
    I would assume that many of these children are familiar with Facebook or even have a Facebook of their own. This is prevalent even as early as sixth grade. If they do not have a Facebook account, they will most likely create one in junior high school or high school. Therefore, I would like to read parts of this article with them and discuss their personal rights. Then it would be great to divide them into groups to discuss and come up with ways that they could protect themselves on the internet and uphold their own rights.

    Blog Author: Kelsey Captain

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    1. This is a great article! I think it is so important to talk to our kids and our students about internet safety. And your idea of a class activity is unique in having the students talk about ways instead of just telling them what to do, I like it.

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  18. The New York Times from Tuesday September 10, 2013.
    “Silver Lining Amid Economic Woes” by Gardner Harris

    Summary
    In India there is a slump in the stock market. This following a huge economic growth has left many of the people of Indian scrambling and looking for help. Unfortunately the slump was in part due to the corrupt system and bribing, so help is not available. Now those who were once very wealthy are learning to live with much less. Many of the mines used for coal and metal are no longer in use, which has caused widespread blackouts. However, there are many who are happy to see this slump in the economy because it would mean that the government is stepping in and stopping the corruption.

    Connect to Social Studies
    Our world is very connected. Another reason India’s economy crashed was because the US economy started doing better. This idea of economies effecting each other is so foreign to me. We need to become more aware of our world and teaching and reading about social studies can help us.

    Classroom application
    In my classroom I would use this article when talking about the world, or currency, or cultures. Regardless of how I taught it, the most important thing is that it is taught. Oftentimes we become isolated into our own country, the US, and don’t learn about our world and how we are interconnected.

    What does social studies look like in society
    Social studies in our society is often just referred to as the subject taught in school. But in reality social studies is our past, present and future. If we can learn from each other, and from our past we can have a better future.

    Jessica Fox

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    1. I appreciated your comment about the world being so interconnected. It really is vital for students to understand that in this world today, the economy is global and thus things in other countries do affect our own. Armed with this knowledge, they will be prepared to live and work in a global world that is ever expanding, understanding that their decisions may have consequences that extend across borders and oceans.

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  19. The New York Times from Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
    “A Billion-Dollar Dream, and a Desk” by Quentin Hardy

    Summary: In San Francisco, Duncan Logan rents working spaces, complete with only a long desk and computer, to start-up companies. While Duncan has decided to nix the regular idea of cubicles, his office set up is not the most odd part of this business endeavor. The strangest part is that the renters of his close-quarters office space are not all from the same company. What does this mean for those who rent from Duncan Logan? Many of the renters, trying hard to make their billion-dollar dreams a reality, appreciate that they are working side by side with other entrepreneurs. It increases each company's drive and motivation simply because they are always working next to "the competition" and can see how hard each business works.

    Connection to Social Studies Instruction:
    Sometimes, we live our lives stuck in our own way of thinking. If we never branch out from what we know and think, we cannot see the bigger picture of what really goes on in the world. Just like the entrepreneurs with their "billion dollar ideas", when they rented office space from Duncan Logan, they began to realize the reality of the market and how other start-up companies work. Their horizons were broadened through this process, allowing them to learn more about the world around them. Thus, by teaching social studies in the classroom, students learn to widen their perspective and learn that "their way" is not necessarily the "best" or "only" way. They become better cultured and know much more about the global world in which they live.

    Classroom application:
    I would love to apply the lessons learned by way of this article by making sure that students are always broadening their horizons. I would hope to have a cultural or historical sharing time each week so that the students can come and teach more about what's going on currently and what has happened in the past. This way the students will hear, in additional to regular social studies instruction, more about the world around them.

    What does social studies look like in society?
    I think that it depends on who you are and how you incorporate social studies into your life. I know plenty of people who are avid newspaper readers and who are always surfing the history channel. But, I also know of people (*cough* *cough*, like myself) who are stuck in their own world and don't know what is going on in the world around them. So, I would say that the majority of social studies instruction is completed in formal schooling, and further social studies knowledge is gained by way of taking part in the world around you.

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  20. 1. The New York Times 9/13/13
    2. Where the Past Is Never Left Behind by Helene Stapinski
    3. The author's husband goes to Ft. Ticonderoga to watch the reenactments and convinces her to join him. Even though she is skeptical, she ends up loving the trips and going back every year, not because of the battle fights, but because of the beauty of the place and how they preserve history there. There are authentic time period clothing stores, restaurants, tours, and canoe trips. Recently Ft. Ticonderoga lost some funding, but is coming up with more ways to help tourists to value the history and culture found there.
    4. This relates to the 5th grade core because they study U.S. history. Reenactments and simulations are a great way to help students learn social studies. The people at Ft. Ticonderoga really do their research, finding out specifics about the battles and putting in a lot of details. Students could do the same thing when learning about battles and U.S. history, and by role playing and simulating they will be able to retain a lot more knowledge.
    5. What does social studies look like in society?
    To me social studies is in everything! I think social studies is in restaurants we go to eat in where different cultures are represented, when we read the newspaper or books, and especially in our arts. Social studies is found in museums, theater, visual arts, and even movies and television that display our culture.
    6. I like the idea of using newspapers to help students find current events and know what's happening in the world. I would have them locate a current event article and take turns every day sharing with the class what they have learned about. I also like the idea of starting a classroom newspaper, where the students will be able to write about our own culture as a classroom.
    7. Katy Powell

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    1. This is cool! I think people sometimes don't realize how exciting and fun history is to learn about! I would hope to interest my students in what is happening all around them. I liked how you talked about the article and related it to how you could use it in 5th grade. Great response!

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  21. New York Times from Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    "Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?" by Jennifer Kahn

    Summary
    This was an interesting article about the relation between emotions and how that affects the way students learn. The article started out with a kindergarten teacher who helped one of his students who expressed having a hard time at home. Teachers who do this and model in front of the class how to deal with negative emotions will help students significantly. The article expressed the importance of having teachers who are sensitive to their students and to learn more about helping them with their emotions. There are emotional intelligence learning programs for teachers to use that have shown to have good results in helping students academically. Students who can manage their emotions are more successful in school and socially.

    Connect to Social Studies
    This relates to social studies in a very meaningful way! Social studies shows how everything is related. When students learn how to deal with their emotions in a healthy way, it affects the way they behave, their social interactions, how they learn, and what motivates them. This is what social studies is all about! It is acknowledging how everything is interconnected and how that affects us as individuals and society.

    Classroom Application
    As a teacher we are an example to our students. We are also their mentors and can influence them in the simple things we say and do. Teaching emotional intelligence centers on being a caring teacher. We can listen to our students, talk to them about what they are struggling with, and teach them ways in which to be proactive in conflict resolution. It most of all is instilling in them the truth that they are worth everything; that they are special and should think that of themselves. We can be thoughtful and inquisitive in the resources offered to us and use the programs that aid teachers in this pursuit.

    What does social studies look like in society?
    Social studies according to this article looks like competent children learning and growing. It is being the teacher who can help them understand their potential. I think it is also helpful for adults who read this article. Our emotional health relates to many different aspects of our lives. When we are in control of our emotions, we live much happier and successful lives.

    Natalie Bench

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    1. This was really interesting! I like your classroom applications. It is so true that as teachers we should model emotional competence. Some students may be going through really hard things and they might know how to properly express their emotions.

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