20 03, 2019

3 Best Practices for Training Teachers to Talk Politics

2019-03-20T13:14:58-04:00 March 20th, 2019|Professional Development, Social Studies, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today’s polarized environment makes discussing politics in the classroom tricky.  Here are three important considerations to keep in mind when planning professional development for teachers to train them to handle discussions on politics in the classroom. Establishing the right mindset Leading students through a meaningful discussion requires planning.  This is especially true with controversial topics. The key is to manage expectations by setting the right tone for a productive conversation.  Students should learn the difference between unhelpful, angry arguing and valuable, analytical argument based on logic, fact, and respect. Teachers can navigate students through thoughtful, civil discourse through guided questions, graphic organizers, and sentences starters.  You can best prepare your teachers to lead students by offering professional development that zeroes in on best practices for: Managing classroom discussions Creating structures for student reflection and input Approaching supercharged topics respectfully Check out this A Pass curriculum sample. Impartiality The question sometimes arises: Should teachers share their political opinions?  The truth is teachers should strive to be impartial. In such a heated political environment, sharing personal viewpoints could [...]

22 03, 2018

Role of an Instructional Designer in Curriculum Development

2019-05-09T20:53:45-04:00 March 22nd, 2018|curriculum, Curriculum Planning, education, Instructional Design, math, Social Studies|0 Comments

Why is it important to use Instructional Designers (IDs)? The curriculum development process involves many moving parts that work to create material that compels the learner. This process includes a team of graphic designers, web developers, writers, copy editors and instructional designers. The instructional designer (ID) plays an important role in the curriculum development process. An ID is an expert in the learning process and advocates on behalf of the learner throughout the curriculum development process. The ID’s role To get a better understanding of what an ID does, let’s look at tasks they complete in the curriculum development process. An ID: Conducts a needs assessment to determine what the learner needs to know and what gap of knowledge exists. Identifies the learning environment and existing equipment available for the learners. Asks questions such as: Do the learners have access to Microsoft Word? Do the learners view the material on their phones or on a laptop? Works with a subject matter expert to collect information based on the needs of the learner. Writes learning objectives with [...]

28 07, 2016

4 Student Misconceptions About Social Studies To Consider When Developing Content

2018-07-18T19:17:30-04:00 July 28th, 2016|Course Writers, curriculum, Educational Content, Social Studies|0 Comments

Every Social Studies writer must consider these four typical student misconceptions.