History Instruction in a Time of Disruption

History in a Time of Disruption

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How can UCBHSSP help you support student learning?

Community Building - How can we support personal connections and wellness?

Challenge: Teaching online highlights the need to build trusting relationships with students and families.

Principles:

  • Prioritize time to check in with students about their lives and needs. 
  • Plan assignments that invite participation from family and  community members.
  • Build in time to collaborate with colleagues.

Practices:

  • Create norms for your virtual learning environment.
  • Plan assignments that allow students to share personal, family, and community history.
  • Share responsibility of planning and support with your colleagues.

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Reminaging a Year of Instruction - How do we decide which content and skills to emphasize in this evolving context of learning?

Challenge: Clearly articulated curricular priorities are required in order to respond effectively to teaching and learning disruptions. 

Principles:

  • Identify content standards and curricular concepts that reinforce essential themes and promote deep engagement.
  • Build student independence through discrete, bite-sized instructional units that foster inquiry.
  • Plan for specific in person (or synchronous) and out of school (asynchronous) learning opportunities.

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Pedagogical Decisionmaking - How do we manage instruction in order to best support critically engaged learning across multiple platforms?

Challenge: Creating opportunities for deep learning and inquiry is difficult, especially in an online context. 

Principles:

  • Inquiry and historical thinking help students develop skills to understand their world, challenge dominant narratives, and create their own interpretations.
  • Surface, deep and transfer learning have different qualities and require different strategies.
  • Carefully scaffolded academic discourse and reading and writing strategies allow students to reflect on and consolidate their thinking.

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Making History Matter - How can we reorient history instruction to empower students to engage with the world?

Challenge: Traditional history courses can feel irrelevant and meaningless to students.

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