Category: About, Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Constructing History in the Classroom

In Spring 2012, I conducted an independent study at Critical Explorers, as part of my graduate course work. I had previously studied with Eleanor Duckworth and Elizabeth Cavicchi, and when I began this study, I was captivated and confused in equal measure by critical exploration.

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Reimagining a “Flipped” Classroom

The Khan Academy’s “flipped classroom” model has received a huge amount of media attention in the past few years.

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

“Messing Up”

I teach at a school that requires letter grades. At the close of this past semester, while reading my seventh-grade students’ reflections, I was struck by this paragraph from a girl who was discussing her “improvement over time”….

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

Creating Responsive Curriculum

Much curriculum tends to be static: It prescribes what students should notice and what they should think. How can educators create curriculum that changes as students and teachers engage it — curriculum that engages students and all their varied observations and ideas? …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

Objectively Speaking

Conventional wisdom holds that effective teachers write the objective of each lesson on the board before class so that the students are aware of what the teacher intends them to accomplish. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Programs

Our First Teacher Workshop … in the Participants’ Own Words

Our first, three-day teacher workshop, “Critical Exploration in the Grade 4 – 12 Humanities Classroom:  An Introduction,” held in August, was focused on poetry as well as on history. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration

The “Real Game” of Research: An Exploratory Project for Middle School

What does it really mean to be a researcher? When we assign students a research project, how can we make the experience as authentic and engaging as possible? …

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Category: Critical Exploration, Programs

Introduction to the August Teacher Workshop

In addition to finding interesting materials, Critical Explorers and the people who have inspired it have developed ways of asking questions, listening to and responding to students, and looking at students’ work. …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

Strategies for Ancient (and Other) History Explorations (Part II)

(Creating Reconstructions) The primary texts of ancient history, even in translation, can be difficult for students to read and comprehend. When writing styles, vocabularies, or cultural references have changed, primary documents only a few centuries or decades old can seem almost as inaccessible. How can we help students make sense of these sources? …

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Category: Classroom Teaching, Critical Exploration, Investigations

Strategies for Ancient (and Other) History Explorations (Part I)

(Developing Characters) Here at Critical Explorers, we’ve temporarily paused work on publishing to the website the remaining sections of the Slavery and Reconstruction resources in order to take advantage of an opportunity further to develop our soon-to-be-published Ancient Greece investigation. …

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