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Activity 1: Skills and Best Practices

Questioning Skills

In an article from the website below, Terry Robinson, a fifth-grade teacher for 16 years talks about the importance of “asking the right questions.” She cites the work of Wiggins and McTighe in stressing the importance of questions in moving students toward higher levels of understanding. Article:

Specifically she urges educators to:

Referring to the research of Wiggins and McTighe, she states:

"We may have gone far, geographically or figuratively--through lots of textbook pages--but that doesn't mean we have derived great meaning or insight from our travels."

Using Time Lines in Social Studies Instruction

Time lines can be used for a variety of instructional purposes including: This site from Educator World,, has a wealth of information on the use of time lines and provides examples of how to use time lines and where to find additional information about the use of time lines in instruction. For example, you will find: