Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Connecting to Your Teaching

Image of a notebook with the following text displayed: Reflect: As you reflect on these questions, jot down your responses or discuss them in a group.

Reflecting on Your Practice

  • How do you determine which concepts and processes you will teach so students will learn meaningful connections to specific academic disciplines?
  • When faced with an especially difficult concept, how have you used modeling to promote your students' learning?
  • Have you found visual representations for abstract concepts and processes? What are they and how do they support your students' learning?
  • What other strategies could you use to link your curriculum to oral history?
  • How would you advise a teacher to develop an assignment that links content to students' lives outside of class?

Taking It Back to Your Classroom

  • Choose a time period in your subject area or curriculum and ask student students to gather artifacts and history from it, using Web or print resources or by visiting local museums. Have students present what they learned about that period in time to the rest of the class.
  • Give students coins or stamps and ask them to use archeology skills to make inferences about different cultures. Then have students research these coins or stamps and compare the knowledge they gained from their own hypotheses.
  • Have students collaborate to develop a questionnaire that probes people's beliefs about a theme in your curriculum. For example, a question on leadership could ask, "List the three most important people in U.S. history;" or a question on economics could ask, "Name the most important invention in the 20th century." Have students use the questionnaire to gather oral history from a guest you invite to the classroom or from a person they know.

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