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How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview

Advice
As a teacher, it's up to you to make the curriculum applicable to your students. It can't always be relevant but it can be made easier to digest.

Think of an example of a topic that was very difficult to teach because it was a little beyond the scope of your students. How did you present the material? Sometimes it comes down to your passion for the subject and how you interact with the students.

If you give them an activity to do in groups or alone that interests them, the topic can be that much more interesting. Incorporating elements of your teaching style will help in your example. Also sharing tools and techniques you have learned are other ways to make the curriculum more interesting to your students.

Basic answer example
"In order to make a curriculum more relevant to the lives of my students, I choose topics that are relatable and current. I study a lot of pop-culture and try to incorporate the current happenings into my lesson plans."
Entry Level answer example
"I want to get to know my students, and what excites them. I think it's important to take suggestions from them on what they want to hear more about, and which current events they find most riveting. Of course, I need to stick with the curriculum, but I can always find ways to incorporate their interests at the same time."
Experienced answer example
"I have developed an excellent curriculum over the years, but I do change it every year to reflect the current social issues that my students face. As a social studies teacher, being relevant and in the now is especially important. I am an excellent listener and always accept feedback from my students."

View user-submitted Answers

How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?
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By sharing our daily life experiences and learing by doing theory.
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With my past professional experience, I can demonstrate the need for the skills by applying personal stories that reflect the need for that skill. I encourage the use of the skills in my discipline plan. Where I have students with issues to talk and comprise a settlement between them.
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I encourage students to always make the right choice.
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I used to give them some practical works to do at home by considering kitchen as their lab.
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History is an integral part of life because the past creates the foundation for the future. Through learning history we can also see mistakes and improve on them. Students learn about the democratic process, government, and can apply these things in every day life through the voting process and becoming involved in local government as well.
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I provide life lessons using concepts that kids can relate to such as cartoons, sports teams and even old games and stories from when I was a child.
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Students can use the skills and learn from past mistakes and accomplishments.
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Point out skills in history that enhanced the lives of others.
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Stay in sync with the latest updates.
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Keeping the lessons meaningful and relevant to their lives, and always connecting thematerial so they are able to use the skills and knowledge they learn in class in their real lives.
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It is easy when your subject is the world. I tell my students to look in their everyday lives and see the connections that can be made from what they learned in class that day.
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I compare and contrast past history with current history, making sure they understand when people do make mistakes over time, there could be serious future consequences.
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Appreciation and encouragement.
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Think of it as your life how were made.
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By doing the difficult topic daily revision of 10 min.
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I first understand the curriculum and I try to match it with their day today lives by including values of life.

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