Higher Level Skills

Chapter six of our Social Studies in the 21st century textbook explains three different teaching strategies that are intended to create higher thinking skills among students. These three strategies are perspectives, mystery, and controversy. A perspectives strategy entails learning history through different lenses or views. An example of this could be learning about the Cold War from the view of a Russian citizen or military officer. This strategy stood out to me as the most beneficial because it allows students to see things differently, and allows them to understand how history can be interpreted differently based on background. This shows that there is no right answer, but that their research can discover history. This strategy can be bolstered by technology by allowing for easier research across multiple sources. This strategy also benefits from the idea of teachers being actors that is mentioned in chapter seven. This concept states that teachers should be actors and practice drama to engage students. This is important to my teaching philosophy and my own personal style. By using the perspectives strategy you could create a scenario from a different historical perspective that is introduced like a story, and the teacher and students could act out the parts. Another strategy mentioned in the text is the mystery strategy, which consists of the teacher providing clues and background information that the students use to solve the historical question. This strategy does promote higher order thinking by allowing the students to create their own story, but can be difficult with a class that may be unmotivated.