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"Once you have learned how to ask questions - relevant and appropriate and substantial questions - you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know."
Postman, Neil. and Weingartner, Charles. Teaching as a Subversive Activity, New York: Delacorte, 1969.

Parents often ask their children a question when they come home from school, either as they get off the bus or walk in the door. The question is, how was your day? Or maybe, what did you do in school today? But are those good questions? There may be no such thing as a stupid question, but there is such a thing as a smart question. Maybe parents are not asking a "substantial" question. Maybe the smart question, the substantial question they should be asking their student is, did you ask any good questions today?

Course Title: A History of Ideas - Through Ancient Civilizations

Our course of study this year in 6th grade will be about a history of certain ideas. Primarily we will investigate ideas concerning government, social classes (social levels, social hierarchy), law, culture, writing, architecture, religion, and philosophy. We will investigate these ideas through the study of some ancient civilizations. These civilizations were located in the area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and in part include Egypt and Mesopotamia. We will also study three other civilizations from that area that could be said to be the roots of Western Civilization, they are the ancient Israelites, Greece and Rome.

What’s the word? - Happenings in room F3

“All Knowledge is self-knowledge” – Bruce Lee

Welcome to the class of 2023 to Social Studies in room F3. The odyssey has begun! Like Odysseus in the ancient Greek myth during this school year we are sure to experience great adventures, difficult obstacles, enlightening experiences, monstrous challenges and fulfilling accomplishments. I seriously doubt during the year that we will encounter a giant Cyclops. Check out the link about Odysseus and his Odyssey. This week we are laying down the groundwork for creating a classroom where students can feel safe, respected, accepted and confident. Soon we will be sailing into uncharted waters concerning strategies in comprehending a textbook. So place your oars in the water and row. Put your backs into it! We’re sure to catch a wind and sail into history.

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A typical reaction to social studies class

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The year in social studies in less than 5 minutes to pictures and music.