Action Plan for Teaching History

This action plan for teaching History is a final requirement in the MOOC, "The Art of Teaching History: A Global Conversation for Secondary Educators" by James L. Smith, which runs from September 22, 2014 to November 3, 2014.

1. Construct one essential or big picture question you would present students to introduce this unit (Module 2, Part 3)? What specific information in the chapter deals with this topic?

Textbook Used for This Action Plan: Ang Kasaysayan ng Daigdig (The History of the World) C. 2002 Published by IBON Foundation in the PhilippinesChapter

Topic: Ang daigdig sa panahon ng globalisasyon (The world under the age of globalization)

Big question : What is globalization and how does it affect you as a Filipino?

For this action plan, I chose "Chapter 15:The World Under the Age of Globalization" from the textbook entitled "The History of the World" ("Ang Kasaysayan ng Daigdig") published by the IBON Foundation in 2002.

2. Select one topic you might develop in depth using the posthole approach to teaching history (Module 2, Part 2). Explain your reasons for choosing this topic.

With the posthole approach top in mind, I have chosen the topic on ‘Globalization’. I chose this topic because I think this is the most important topic in this chapter and is a very relevant topic considering the events that have been happening around the world. Also, still using the posthole approach, I would ask the students to determine the most important global problem and ask them to develop a solution for the problem that they have chosen. I am thinking of using the book "High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years To Solve Them" by Jean-francois Rischard in this activity.

3. Choose one historical thinking skill (Module 3, Part 2) you would develop in this unit and explain how you would develop that skill.

I will use two historical thinking skills in developing this unit with my students, viz.,
3.1 Analyze cause and effect in history3.2 Identify patterns, themes, and recurring issues in history.

To teach these historical thinking skills, I would ask my students to make an argumentative essay on the topic on the causes and effects of globalization.

4. Select one teaching strategy (Module 2, Part 5) you might use to help students read and understand the basic text of the chapter. Explain the reasons for choosing this strategy.

For students to understand the basic text of the chapter, I will ask the students to do a writing-to-learn activity. I will also ask them to do an argumentative essay on the causes and effects of globalization and how does it affect the Philippines.

5. Select one teaching strategy (Module 2, Part 5) for this unit that would not use the textbook and explain how you would use that strategy to engage students and enhance their learning of history.

Debateis one good teaching strategy that I will use for this lesson. This is because globalization and the war on terror are controversial topics and would be great for students to discuss in order to develop their critical and communication skills. A talk show format would also be good for this lesson. Playing online games on globalization would also be a good strategy. Bringing in a guest/resource speaker would also be nice.

6. Select one primary source document from the chapter (or some other source) that you would ask students to analyze. Describe the teaching strategy you would use to help students analyze this document. Explain the reasons for using the strategy you selected.

I am still looking for a primary source document that I can use in this topic. I am thinking of using the documents of the Bretton-Woods Conference in July 1944 but I have’nt found a suitable document for my purpose.

7. In an attempt to give yourself more time to cover information in other chapters, what one topic in the chapter might you leave out of the curriculum. Explain your reasons for skipping this topic.

I will leave out the topic ‘War on Terror’ as this is the least important of all the topics in this chapter.

8. In Module 1, Part 5, Jim Smith provided a list of characteristics for a good history teacher. Select one characteristic from the list that might be developed while teaching this unit. Explain.

A good history teacher should have mastery of content but it’s also good to remember that a teacher is not the sage-in-the-stage but the guide-in-the-side inside the class. History teachers should also be able to deal with controversial issues such as globalization and the war on terror.

9. In Module 1, Part 4, Jim Smith talked about finding a higher purpose to teaching history. What higher purpose to learning U.S. history might be achieved with this unit? Explain.

This lesson helps students better understand the world in which they live and allows them to gain perspective and learn to see a bigger picture of vital issues in the global society. Another important purpose is for students to deal with controversial issues such as globalization, global problems and the 'war on terror'. This lesson can also teach students to be aware of these vital issues so that they can propose solutions and imagine a better and more just society for themselves and for the future generations.

10. In Module 1, Part 6, Jim Smith spoke about creating a personal mission statement for teaching history. Select one goal from your mission statement that might be developed with this unit. If you did not create a mission statement, refer to one of the goals stated in Jim Smith’s mission statement, which is attached to Module1, Part 6. Explain how this unit relates to the development of that goal.

From my personal mission statement, a goal that I will develop is to ‘share with my students my knowledge, but I will always remind myself that I am not the sage-in-the-stage but the guide-in-the-side inside the class.

My personal mission statement

I imagine that teaching is a noble calling, hence, I will always strive to create a meaningful and collaborative learning environment for my students. I will promote play and fun learning inside the classroom so that my students will be motivated and be excited to learn history and social studies. I will share with my students my knowledge, but I will always remind myself that I am not the sage-in-the-stage but the guide-in-the-side inside the class. I will also dedicate myself in sharing what I know about teaching to my fellow educators. Lastly, I will reflecton my teaching situation so that I can improve more on my craft as a teacher.

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