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Katie Nolan

7th Grade Social Studies Teacher

7th Grade Social Studies
Garnet Team
"The education of our people should be a lifelong process by which we continue to feed new vigor into the life stream of the Nation through intelligent, reasoned decisions. Let us not think of education only in terms of its costs, but rather in terms of the infinite potential of the human mind that can be realized through education. Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities." - President John F. Kennedy 


I believe that Social Studies education is an important part of student development and I am very lucky to have the career that I do! I love educating students on local, state, national, and global issues and bringing awareness through the different lenses of the Social Studies.

I love working with middle school students and teaching Social Studies. Teaching Social Studies content and developing Social Studies skills in students is extremely important in our fast paced, 21st century global world, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to do so.

About Ms. Nolan

I have been an educator in Naugatuck for six years. I am lucky to be part of such a wonderful school community where faculty and staff are caring, open, and welcoming. Both students and adults alike feel a sense of comfort and safety at City Hill, which allows for an environment of creativity, educational risk taking, and rigorous learning.
I went into education because I believe it is the most important career one can have. I am lucky enough everyday to come into a classroom and be both a teacher and a learner as I facilitate activities and develop skills in the future leaders of our country. Creating civic and globally minded students who are open to diversity, are creative thinkers, and educational risk takers is a passion that I have.
Education: BSED, Secondary Education.
Years Teaching: 6
Years In Naugatuck Schools: 6
A Few of My Favorite Things: Unified Sports, U.S. History, Soviet History 
A Fun Fact About Me: I am the Unified Sports coach here at City Hill Middle School! Unified Sports is a part of Special Olympics Connecticut. This is a program that pairs students both with and without physical and intellectual abilities in 3 sports throughout the year here at CHMS! See me if you are interesting in joining Unified Sports! All are welcome! 
Classes I Teach: 7th Grade Social Studies, Debate Club
Wish List for Supplies: 3 ring binder, white lined paper for binder, and pens or pencils. 

Our Curriculum 

Our curriculum at City Hill is framed based on the ideas put forth by the National Council for the Social Studies and the CT SS Frameworks. This is the idea of using Social Studies education to develop students skills of College, Career, and Civic readiness. We have framed our skill development around the Connecticut Core Standards. We also have framed our curriculum around the Naugatuck 7-12 Social Studies Competencies and the Naugatuck K-12 Vision of the Graduate.

Students who receive Social Studies education at City Hill are developing the skills of and abilities to:
-Be critical readers and thinkers
-Evaluate evidence and sources critically
-Detect spin and bias in the print, television, and online media
-Detect author biases and perspectives
-Identify their own biases and possible reasons for it
-Investigate claims of others and fact check others claims
-Ask questions
-Conduct research
-Root their arguments in evidence and facts
-Construct logical, evidence-based arguments
-Select appropriate evidence to support and corroborate their claims
-Analyze primary and secondary sources
-Evaluate the legitimacy of primary and secondary sources
-Defend their opinions and claims with evidence
-Articulate their ideas verbally and in writing using content specific vocabulary
-Cite their sources
-Debate with others appropriately
-Collaborate with their peers
-Solve real world problems
-Use 21st century technology
-Make connections
-View events through historical, economic, geographic, and civics lenses

Students at City Hill are learning and developing their abilities to become civic minded and informed citizens of the United States and the world who want to improve their communities, their nation, and the world. Students who study Social Studies are tolerant of different perspectives, ideas, beliefs and culture, and are aware of their impact as global citizens.