This past year, I have changed jobs and taken the position of Social Studies Instructional Specialist. The job is very much like my last job (Innovation and Digital Learning Coach), just with a Social Studies twist. Essentially, I work with Social Studies teachers to help them figure out how to grow as educators. I help teachers set goals and I use data to target instruction for each individual teacher I work with. All of this means that I need to be aware of best and promising practices in Social Studies education so that I can share ideas and resources with teachers based on their individual area of growth.
In just a few days I will be attending NCSS … which is THE place to be for Social Studies educators. While I am there, I’d like to learn as much as I can to share with my teachers when I get back. As I was looking for sessions to take yesterday, I realized that I have some choices to make. The NCSS guidebook lists what seems like hundreds of sessions for each time slot … maybe hundreds is an exaggeration, but >50 per time slot is still quite a few to choose from. That being said, I have made my initial selection and I wanted to share my tentative schedule with you.
I do need your help, though. If you were going to NCSS, which of the following sessions would you choose? I have narrowed down the list quite a bit … but since I can’t be in 5 places at once, I’d love your feedback! Please leave a comment with suggestions for my schedule!
I hope to see you there!
Lacy Bryant – @ThisisLacyB
Friday, November 28th
7:00 – 9:00 AM – NCSS President’s Breakfast and 2018 Teacher of the Year Awards
9:00 – 10:00 – Anthony Ray Hinton
9:00 – 10:00 – Not Your Granny’s Storytime: Merging Biographies and Historical Thinking Skills
9:00 – 10:00 – Primary Source Analysis – Social Media Style: Telegrams to Tweets
9:00 – 12:00 – Connecting Carolina: Making State History Relevant Through Inquiry, Using the Library of Congress Collection
10:45 – 11:45 – Annotated Maps for Inquiry, PBL, and Beyond
1:30 – 2:30 – Peter Sagal
2:45 – 3:15 – We All Have Prejudice: Reframing the Discussion on Racism
2:45 – 3:45 – A Timely Update on the K-12 Geography Education Support System
2:45 – 3:45 – Fake News and Economics, Perfect Together
3:00 – 4:00 – Artificial Antiquity: Using Virtual Reality to Recreate History
4:00 – 5:00 – Fun Activities vs. Effective Activities: You Don’t Have to Choose
Saturday, December 1st
9:00 – 9:30 – Advancing Inquiry-Oriented Global Learning Based on the C3 Framework
9:00 – 10:00 – #BlendedGov: Utilizing Blended Learning to Foster Future Ready Citizens
9:00 – 10:00 – Where in the World? Geocaching, Google, and Carmen Sandiego
9:35 – 10:05 – The Past’s Many Layers: Corroborating GIS Maps with Primary Sources
10:15 – 10:45 – The Power of Podcasting for Teaching and Learning
10:15 – 11:15 – Honey, I Shrunk the Artifacts
10:45 – 11:45 – A Case Study Approach to Teaching Social Studies
11:30 – 12:30 – Combating Digital Misinformation: Teaching Students to Read like Fact Checkers
1:30 – 2:30 – 24 Hour World Tour: An International Cultural Experience like No Other
1:30 – 2:30 – A Technology Showcase for You and Your Students
1:30 – 2:30 – Disciplinary Literacy and Inquiry: Helping Students Generate and Answer Questions
2:45 – 3:45 – Never Again? Using Historical Case Studies to Teach Current Events
3:15 – 4:15 – No Time for Assessment? Making Multiple Choice Meaningful
4:00 – 5:00 – Anti-Racist, Authentic Assessment: Moton Museum Resources and Teaching Tips
4:00 – 5:00 – Sparking Student Interest: Utilizing the Question Formulation Technique to Drive Inquiry
Sunday, December 2nd
8:30 – 10:45 – Make Your Job Easier: Teach Students to Ask Better Questions
11:00 – 12:00 – Jose Antonio Vargas
So, do you see the problem? There are way too many things to choose from. They are all interesting and I think that any of these would be a good session to “bring back” to my teachers. Let me know what you’d pick! I’d love your feedback!