Hi everyone - anyone tried/plan to try flipping their social studies class? About 90% of the info out there focuses on math & science courses and I'm still trying to wrap my head around how to use class time when you flip a social studies class. With science & math you are teaching a skill using content and while we of course teach skills with social studies, it is so content heavy that I wonder how class time would look in a flipped social studies class.
I post videos to YouTube, and then classtime allows for more group work on DBQ's (what's more fun than those unvarnished, politically incorrect primary sources that show kids how messy History really is?).
Debates also work really well; put kids into teams of three or four, give them a current events article, and ask them to debate a resolution (1 minute opening each for pro-con sides; 3 minute cross-fire/cross-examination; 1 minute closing speeches to a panel of three student judges who issue a simple vote for the pro or con side). Today, as a matter of fact, my Sophomores are debating whether France is justified in banning the wearing of veils in public in order to protect their culture.
Alternate map-drawing projects are fun too: review the Treaty of Versailles and the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire; then posit that the USA has lost a war to China; how would America be "Balkanized" to meet the interests of our various regional, ethnic, and religious "Nations?"
Market simulations; in One World Schoolhouse, Sal Khan talks about an awesome game called "Paranoia Risk," based on the board game, Risk, but also involving a ring of outside student-observers who bet on the outcome of the game, raising and lowering the stock value of each nation/player based on observations of performance, expected outcomes, etc.
Yeah, there's a lot of fun to be had.