I feel guilty even writing the title of this post, because I love social studies! I am required to teach Nevada history, though, and it is so boring. Students have a very dull textbook, and most of what they did this past year was read the textbook, answer questions from the end of each section, and write vocab. I tried doing a few research style projects but 1) we have very limited technology availability for research, and 2) when conducting research, there isn't much available online for our state's history, and nearly none that's child friendly. The textbook is definitely the best information source for students. I had kids work in partners or work outside to change things up, but the content was still quite boring. When I went outside the standards and taught about US history, we had some very engaging discussions, but I should stick with what I am supposed to teach. No one in admin really cares, though, about social studies - if we get behind, it's ok. Any suggestions for shaking things up a bit next year? Content includes local Native American groups, gold rush, and historical figures, but again, it's supposed to be state specific, and relevant information sources have been limited.