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GWC 500-17 Social Studies: Improving Student Engagement Through Discussion

Ended May 20, 2019
2 credits

Full course description

Event Sponsor: *Bismarck Public Schools/CHS
Event Contact Name: *Mary Palmer
Position or Title: *Instructional Coach
Event Contact Phone: *(701) 223-4145
Event Contact Email: *
Event Location: *CHS
Event Start Date: *Monday, January 28, 2019
Event End Date: *Monday, May 20, 2019
Objective and Outcomes: *

• Participants will be able to confidently instruct and model questioning skills, morphing from question asker to question modeler.
• Participants will determine and implement several strategies to increase student engagement through discussion (fishbowl, philosophical chairs, pinwheel, gallery walks, Socratic seminar, etc.).
• Participants will move beyond teaching students how to ask generic questions; instead, focus on how to read and discuss like a historian, understanding discipline-specific questions
• Participants will be able to track the academic growth of students due to their heightened engagement.

Resources/Course Materials: *• Resources provided by AVID/AVID library.
• Codi Feland, AVID site coordinator
• Questioning for Classroom Discussion by Jackie Acree Walsh and Beth Dankert Sattes
• Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines by Doug Buehl (Chapter 5 “Building Inquiring Minds Around Disciplinary Texts”)
• Teach Like a Historian website and resources
• “Tips and Tricks for Engaging Students in Social Studies Instruction”
• “How to Facilitate Discussion in History” Educational Leadership