Welcome to the professional development series, Children, Family, and Community: Exploring Social Studies through Project-based Learning!
This pre-session assignment includes three tasks. In Task 1, you will prepare for Session 1 by reading an article about one teacher’s experience using project-based learning in his classroom to explore social studies curriculum. In Task 2, you will reflect on the reading and the teacher’s role in facilitating meaningful learning experiences about the project, which in this case was focused on the Post Office.
The estimated time to complete this assignment is 1 hour. You will receive credit for this time on the certificate of completion issued at the end of the series.
If you have questions or concerns while completing this assignment, please contact instructor Christina Silvi at email@example.com.
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Task 1: Reading
Read the article, “Beyond Community Helpers: The Project Approach in the Early Childhood Social Studies Curriculum,” by Ted Maple. We suggest you print the article before you read it, as the article is long and a bit difficult to read online.
Task 2: Reflection
When you have finished reading the article, please complete the Pre-session Assignment Reflection Worksheet. This worksheet will help you reflect on the teacher’s role in planning and implementing a project about the Post Office. Please bring the completed and printed worksheet to Session 1. Give the worksheet to your instructor to receive full credit for the assignment.
You can learn about the Project Approach’s theory, learning and teaching methods, and approaches to planning at projectapproach.org/about/project-approach.