The study of history, geography, economics, government and civics is the study of humanity, of people and events that have individually and collectively shaped our nation and the world.
A strong and effective social studies program helps students make sense of the world in which they live, allows them to make connections between major ideas and their own lives, and it helps them see themselves as active members of a global community.
Knowledge of content is very important, while it is equally important to engage our students in historical thinking. Students are engaged and challenged to think like historians, raise questions, think critically, consider many perspectives and gather evidence in support of their interpretations as they draw upon chronological thinking, historical comprehension, historical analysis and interpretation, historical research, and decision-making.
TIPS follows the six major social studies practices :
- Gathering, using and interpreting evidence
- Chronological reasoning and causation
- Comparison and contextualization
- Applying geographic reasoning
- Understanding Economics and economic systems, and
- Engaging in civic participation