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Teaching Prediction: Looking to the Future in the Secondary Classroom

As a history teacher, it can be quite the challenge to teach prediction.  Even more challenging can be the task of encouraging our students to look to the future and to begin living a life that can contribute to the future in a more positive manner.  Add to that our need to now address global issues and implications, and the challenge becomes even more important.

Tips for teaching students to look toward the future and in making predictions in the secondary classroom.

While this task can seem overwhelming, it is not!  It's quite simple, really!
  1. Start with the history! We can never predict the future without understanding the past.
  2. Examine the geography of the region.  What are the implications of the region's geography?
  3. Address the current events and issues of the region.
  4. Investigate the grassroots changes and developments.
  5. Examine existing programs and determine their effectiveness.
  6. Explore potential outcomes.
  7. Make world connections.
  8. Address global impacts.
  9. Encourage intellectual investment.
  10. Continue to introduce important topics and allow students to take their learning a step further.
Tips for teaching students to look toward the future and in making predictions in the secondary classroom.Tips for teaching students to look toward the future and in making predictions in the secondary classroom.
Tips for teaching students to look toward the future and in making predictions in the secondary classroom.

So, what are you waiting for?  Stop just teaching about the past, and start encouraging students to apply their understanding of history in preparing for a more positive future!

Need the resources?
Take a look at my Developing Countries of Africa Centers Activity and my Challenges in Asia Activity.

Lesson ideas and tips for teaching students to look toward the future and in making predictions in the secondary Social Studies classroom. #teacher #socialstudies

Happy Teaching!