PER­SPEC­TIVE IN TEACH­ING SO­CIAL STUD­IES

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MIRRIAM BELONIO CANLAS

So­cial Stud­ies is one of the most hated sub­ject in the cur­ricu­lum. Of­ten­times, stu­dents call it “bor­ing” sub­ject be­cause of the con­text of un­der­stand­ing the na­tion, the world and so­ci­ety which is far from their point of in­ter­est. This neg­a­tive per­spec­tive on the sub­ject can be rooted from the kind of ped­a­gog­i­cal ap­proach and strat­egy which has a cru­cial part in the con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of the les­son. Most of the times, ed­u­ca­tors fo­cus on the test achieve­ment rate of the stu­dents in as­sess­ing if learn­ing has taken place or not. Stu­dents on the other hand, aim to achieve high rat­ing merely to pass the test. Af­ter­wards, what­ever they know spill out their minds be­cause they just mem­o­rize ev­ery­thing for the sake of pass­ing the test. This is the tra­di­tional sce­nario of a typ­i­cal class­room set-up.

How­ever, although high achieve­ment rate is be­ing ex­pected, pos­i­tive learn­ing out­come should not only be mea­sured by the re­sult of the test. There are those stu­dents who are not good in pen­cil and pa­per test but ex­cel in other ar ea.

In a class­room set­ting, usu­ally the process of learn­ing is de­pen­dent on the ped­a­gog­i­cal ap­proach and strat­egy teacher uses in the delivery of the les­son. Since ped­a­gogy refers to the in­ter­ac­tions be­tween teach­ers, stu­dents, learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and learn­ing tasks, it is nec­es­sary for a teacher to care­fully plan what ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proach and strat­egy is suit­able for the type of learners who will do the learn­ing tasks which will lead to pos­i­tive re­sults. More­over, in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the plan there should be a unique way in the delivery by pro­vid­ing strat­egy that would cap­ture their in­ter­est in order for them to be­come more en­gage in the learn­ing process. Teacher can pro­vide learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in which the stu­dents can be able to con­nect them­selves to the real life sit­u­a­tion that will cul­ti­vate them to be­come func­tion­ally lit­er­ate, glob­ally com­pet­i­tive and pro­duc­tive cit­i­zen who care and love his coun­try.

Hence, achiev­ing this goal would only be pos­si­ble if the teach­ing and learn­ing process run smoothly. Through the use of dif­fer­ent teach­ing strat­egy like in­ter­ac­tive videos pre­sen­ta­tion, graphic or­ga­nizer (such as: cause and ef­fect di­a­gram, KWLH Tech­nique, Photo grid anal­y­sis Tem­plate, Mind Map, Tchart, Con­se­quences Wheel, etc.), sur­vey, writ­ing and pre­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion, and co­op­er­a­tive learn­ing surely teach­ing So­cial Stud­ies will never be a bor­ing sub­ject but an in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing one.

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The au­thor is So­cial Stud­ies Teacher at Saint Joseph School of Cand­aba, Tene­jero, Cand­aba, Pam­panga

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