PERSPECTIVE IN TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES
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.
The author is Social Studies Teacher at Saint Joseph School of Candaba, Tenejero, Candaba, Pampanga