Tag Archives: differentiated instruciton

What is so challenging about the NYS 7th and 8th grade social studies core curriculum?

Meeting the immense amount of material in the 7th and 8th grade NYS social studies core curriculum is definitely a challenge, even though the History of America and NYS is divided between the 2 years.

Another one of the challenges is that it is vague. If a teacher tries to follow the NYS 7th and 8th grade core curriculum as it is written, much research needs to be done to put it all together in the correct way. This can be very time consuming and for a new teacher, close to impossible.

If you need an example, compare the NYS 7th and 8th grade social studies core curriculum to the GA Framework. Here is a link to one section of the GA Framework: https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/GSO%20Frameworks/SS_Gr_8_Unit_3_11-16-09_PRchgs.pdf

and NYS 7th and 8th grade social studies core curriculum:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/pub/sscore1.pdf

You can easily see which one is more realistically covered in one year. I believe that a good curriculum is somewhere between the two. I think that GA’s could be more challenging and include more of US History and I believe that the NYS 7th and 8th grade core curriculum can be decreased quite a bit and simplified.

Don’t worry though NYS teachers, there is help for you out there! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico is based on the NYS Social Studies core curriculum and it differentiates instruction for you. Check it out!

 

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

http://www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico

What is an example of an intrapersonal learning activity?

Intrapersonal Learning Style

When I was teaching American History, I had a seventh grade girl who loved to help others and be involved in as many different conflicts as possible in her social group. I know what your thinking, ‘a 7th grade girl? You’re kidding!’. Ah sarcasm. Anyhow, I knew enough about people with an intrapersonal learning style to know that they are often the mediators, the conflict resolvers, the social workers and psychologists of their friends and eventually sometimes society as a whole. This is possible because those with an intrapersonal learning style know themselves so well they can usually find someway to relate to others.

This little girl was not interested in my subject whatsoever. So I thought I should try to intrigue her using her intrapersonal learning style. The content was the social structure of the South before the Civil War. I created an activity that was a set of problems that a person in each social class may have encountered. She had to come up with solutions to how each of them could solve their problems. She loved the activity and was really flattered that I had created it around her intrapersonal learning style.

I was able to present the content she needed through the use of intrapersonal teaching methods throughout the rest of the year. When teachers can differentiate instruction by using the intrapersonal learning style, in my experience, students will be more interested in the subject.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico/Category/Activity-Templates-and-Rubrics offers many intrapersonal learning activities. 

Written by,

Kasha Mastrodomenico

http://www.socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

kasha@socialstudiesdifferentiatedinstruction.com

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kasha-Mastrodomenico