Thursday, August 22, 2013

Goals of SSHG - Let's Have a Conversation

The  previous post "Let's Have a Conversation," looked at the vision of the 2013 New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography. The vision statement lists what it is hoping this document will achieve. The goals help students realize the vision as they:

  • develop the ability to use the 'concepts of disciplinary thinking" to investigate issues, events, and developments;
  • develop the ability to determine and apply appropriate criteria to evaluate information and evidence to make judgement;
  • develop skills and personal attributes that are needed for discipline-specific inquiry and that can be transferred to other areas of life;
  • build collaborative and cooperative working relationships;
  • use appropriate technology as a tool to help them gather and analyse information, solve problems, and communicate.  (p. 6 - New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography)
How do educators help students achieve these goals in SSHG? 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New SSHG - Let's Have a Conversation!

In June 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Education released the New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography. Teachers across the province will receive their copies in September. However, September 2014 will be mandatory implementation. This will allow time for teachers to explore and learn about the tools and strategies to help achieve the vision of this program.


"The social studies, history, geography, and Canadian and World studies programs will enable students to become responsible, active citizens within the diverse communities to which they belong. As, well as becoming critically thoughtful and informed citizens who value an inclusive society, students will have the skills they need to solve problems and communicate ideas and decisions about significant developments, events, and issues." Ontario's New Revised Social Studies, History and Geography - Ministry of Education

What does this vision statement mean to you? Stay tuned as we continue this conversation!