Reflecting on Your Practice
- How do you help young students explore controversial issues related to history (in this video, issues of religion, cultural differences, and the treatment of Native Americans)?
- What determines when and how students will use technology in your classroom and as part of a lesson?
- After introducing a topic, how do you help students conduct in-depth research and refine projects and presentations?
- How is Mr. Rubio's class different from yours? How would you teach this lesson differently to your students?
Taking It Back to Your Classroom
- Ask your students to brainstorm questions they would like to research on a topic they're studying. Ask them to think of the different resources (including technological) they will use to conduct their research. Then have students decide what form their findings will take, as well as criteria for judging their work. After students have presented their findings, have them discuss ways to extend their learning and refine their final research products.
- Ask your students to brainstorm ideas for a Web site for their state. After discussing what information should be included, have students visit the official Web site for your state as well as sites for several other states. Then have them revise their original plan if necessary.
- Ask your students to collect newspaper articles for a month that relate to a topic they are studying in class. For example, students in Mr. Rubio's class might find articles about religious or cultural differences, or about minority issues in society at large -- issues that they understand better after having studied the California missions.
- Ask your students to plan an event for sharing what they have learned about an important topic with another classroom or with parents and members of the community. Have students decide what information is most important to share, how to share it (incorporating the use of technology), and how to involve their audience to ensure active learning.
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