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
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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 assess students' background knowledge of a particular topic? What are the benefits of having students review what they know or think? How does such a discussion help both students and teachers?
  • How does the conflict in the Middle East connect to topics in your curriculum? How might you reference this and other conflicts?
  • How do you incorporate geography skills into lessons on the different world regions?
  • What are some other hypothetical situations or analogies you might use to introduce the conflict in the Middle East?
  • As you teach about controversial issues, what are the most important things you want students to take away from the lesson?
  • How do you help students understand religious history and differences in belief systems? How do you assess their understanding?

Taking It Back to Your Classroom

  • Have students write news stories about the Middle East. They might compile the stories into a newspaper to distribute to other students, or post their articles on an Internet site that features the work of student journalists.
  • Select a complex or controversial issue in your curriculum. Ask students to research and write two reports about the issue, each from a different point of view.
  • Ask students to identify what they believe are the five most significant topics in a unit they've already covered and to highlight and place them on a timeline or in a visual presentation they create. Deciding which information is most important in a unit teaches students that not all information is created equal: Some is background, some is key, and some extends what students know or have just learned.

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