Thursday, October 15th | 7:30 Eastern | 4:30 Pacific
"As #PeerPower Revolutionaries, we have the power to transform" our social studies classrooms. Watch the news, or even late night comedy, any day of the week and it will be clear that the issues covered in social studies are both important and interesting to everyone and that society is still developing. However, students often miss the connections between what they study in class and how they can understand, participate in, and shape society.
Join author and educator Katherine Smith to learn how to apply the formative assessment process to the social studies classroom, resulting in a classroom that is "for the people by the people." In situations like she describes, students not only learn the what, but the why and how of citizenship. As she shares in Peer Power, "We can teach our students the positive impact of civic participation by allowing them to be part of the vision of classroom success. We can teach our #Peer Power students that being a productive member of the classroom (or society) means working together through peer assessment and peer planning to actualize the larger vision of success.”
• Learn the core practices of the formative assessment process
• Identify the social studies concepts that are reflected in these core practices
• Explore how these core practices are reflected throughout history by reviewing disciplinary metaphors
• Apply the formative practices to teaching essential social studies skills (by unpacking an argumentative writing example)