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Build and sustain a learning community

Relationships are the basis of any community and the learning community of the senior social studies class is no different.

In senior social studies this could be:

  • the teacher and students co-constructing together what and how to learn
  • giving students the opportunity to negotiate the focus of their research topic so they are part of the learning process
  • promoting respectful relationships in the senior social studies classroom so students learn what it means to belong to and participate in a learning community
  • creating a safe learning environment for students to be comfortable sharing experiences about issues, such as the Anti-smacking Bill, or behaviours around alcohol consumption, or rights of indigenous peoples, where they hold values positions that are different to others
  • being aware of students’ cultural and religious backgrounds and the richness this brings to a social studies programme.

Last updated September 14, 2011