Category Archives: Social Studies

Students recognized for citizenship and Maine history

Students from all over the state were recognized earlier this month for participating in the Maine Secretary of State’s Eighth Grade Citizenship Award and the Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest.

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Students named winners of Constitution Essay and Poster Contest

Students from across the state took part in the annual Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest which allows students from grades K through 12 to participate, with older students submitting essays regarding the Maine Constitution, voting and democracy; and younger students creating posters reflecting Maine history or symbols.

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Maine History Teacher of the Year named

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has named a Maranacook Community High School educator as Maine History Teacher of the Year. Shane Gower has been teaching at the school in Readfield since 1998 where he currently teaches U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History, serves as the Social Studies Department Learning Leader, and is a senior class advisor. He is a Maine Social Studies Community Teacher-Leader, Vice President of the Maine Council for the Social Studies and was selected to participate in the prestigious Understanding Sacrifice Teacher Institute.

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Geographic Information Systems in classrooms

The Maine Department of Education, Maine Geographic Alliance, and the Maine GIS User Group are collaborating with local teacher-founded organization, Maine GIS Education Partners, to bring Geographic Information Systems to Maine classrooms. GIS is a proven method to help students gain twenty-first century skills and advance their knowledge of geographic science.

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Social Studies Summer Symposium

The Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the Maine Council for the Social Studies, will hold the inaugural Social Studies Summer Symposium on June 29 at Maranacook High School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Clear learning targets and feedback strengthen social studies and science learning

How do we know that students understand and are learning what we intend in our classrooms? When do we adjust our instructional sequence or delivery of content to meet student needs? To answer these questions, we first must answer this question: What is the role of formative assessment in our classrooms?

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Maine Constitution Essay deadline Friday

The Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest deadline is March 11. You can get details here. The student submitting the top entry in each category will be invited to Augusta along with his or her class. They will be able to view the Maine Constitution, which is a particular honor as the Constitution is only removed from its special vault on very few occasions. The students may also visit the Maine State Museum and the State House.

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Celebrate Maine’s 196th Birthday

Statehood Day is March 15, which according to State statute is intended to “commemorate the admission of Maine as a state into the United States of America and the ideals and wisdom of those men and women who have formed Maine’s history and traditions.” Maine schools are encouraged to observe the day; following are some resources for consideration.

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Social Studies: questions are as important as answers

Humans are naturally inquisitive. Young children tend to ask an abundance of questions, yet the volume of questions posed by students often dwindles in middle and high school. Learners at all grade levels benefit from the opportunity to devise questions and seek answers.  If students are taught how to ask questions they will learn how to learn. Students frequently hear there is no such thing as a bad question, yet some questions are better than others. How do we help students learn how to ask good questions?

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Congressional Medal of Honor Project

Teachers, administrators and community leaders are encouraged to get involved in the Maine Secretary of State Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH) Project in recognizing Maine’s Medal of Honor recipients.

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