Welcome Back!

fullsizerender-17Thanks for checking in. If this is your first time here, welcome to the blog. In these posts you can find quick updates regarding what we are currently studying in 8th grade social studies.

For our first unit we explore how we learn as individuals and we discuss the importance of social studies. How does our brain work? How can we work together to function and have fun while learning as a class? What does it mean to have a “growth mindset?” For the first part of our unit we will work on group dynamics, learn class routines, and talk about the way we learn. The second part of this first unit includes exploration into the social studies. We’ll discuss what disciplines make up the social studies and what part of the human experience each discipline studies. Enjoy our transition back into academics and don’t forget to bring your family to open house on Wednesday, October 28.

Remember, fair isn’t everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need!



Resources and Handouts

“Quick Poster” Assignment on the Different Disciplines of Social Studies



Study skills: Distribute learning

How to Study Smarter, Not Harder

Check out this “Open Letter” Video from Author John Green

About Cliff

Hi, my name is Cliff Des Marais and I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellows Falls, VT.
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