Four different presenters followed this same theme. Here are my reviews of their workshops throughout the day.
Tear Up the TextbookTextbooks are not bad, but they present information chronologically. Teachers can follow that path, or create their own. This is the idea Thomas Daccord (see @thomasdaccord on Twitter) puts forth. You can look at his Prezi presentation below. Some of the questions he asked of hte students in his American history class were:
- To what extent is American the land of opportunity?
- What is the proper role of government in the lives of Americans?
- What is America's place in the world?
- What is the role of race in American history?
Mr. Daccord argues that this thematic, rather than chronological approach, gives the course more purpose and the students are more invested on the goals of the course. Students learn about history through these essential questions and learn to research effectively through their investigations.
How Did I Learn to Tear Down the Walls of my Classroom Today at BLC10?
I can't wait for tomorrow!