American Revolution Through Mindful Engagement



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Introduction to Mini- Course

What is Mindful Engagement and how does it relate to Social Studies education?

You may be asking yourself this simple question: What exactly is Mindful Engagement? Quite simply, a student who is utilizing Mindful Engagement is "an active, intentional reader who does all that is necessary to render text meaningfully, integrate new understandings with existing knowledge structures, and monitor all the processes and routines required to build and maintain that knowledge" (Darling-Hammond, 74).

Obviously, there are two parts to this framework: Mindful and Engagement. The mindful part is meant to foster cognitive and reflective aspects of reading and the Engagement part confirms that interests, motivation and personal investment shape the act of comprehending new material (75). In a nutshell, we are trying to use our students prior knowledge and understanding of the American Revolution while engaging them in a way that fosters personal investment in the material. We want our students to not only understand why the American Revolution is important and we want them to understand how it still affects their lives today!

Sounds fun, right?


So how will we learn?

This course will be split up into five parts and will teach you the basics to create a lesson plan that utilizes a Mindful Engagement approach to teaching. You will do the following:

1) Read articles and watch appropriate videos.

2) Use classroom discussion to help deepen your knowledge of the content.

3) Build a sample lesson using the knowledge you will gain throughout each lesson.

4) Reflect on your practice throughout the course to help your individual development.

Before You Begin!

Take a look at the link below. It is a great introduction to what we will be trying to implement in our own sample lessons!

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Lesson 1: "Understanding Our Students Through Multiple Intelligence Theory"

Understanding Our Students Through Multiple Intelligence Theory

This lesson will help you understand how Multiple Intelligence Theory is important to understanding how our kids learn and how it affects the classroom environment.

Target Objectives:

By completing this lesson, teachers will be able to:

- Understand the importance of multiple intelligence theory and its implications in the classroom by sharing their new found knowledge with classmates through online discussion.

- Use multiple intelligence tests to help gauge a students learning style through their own results and the results of their classmates.

Lesson 2: "Understanding The Importance of Background Knowledge, Motivation and Engagement"

Understanding The Importance of Background Knowledge, Motivation and Engagement

Since we now know about Multiple Intelligence Theory, we can now use that information to gauge our students background knowledge, motivation and levels of engagement in the classroom.

Target Objectives:

By completing this lesson, learners will be able to:

- Read the appropriate articles and participate in a discussion based on the student motivation and background knowledge.

- Understand how background knowledge can affect student motivation and engagement.

- After participating in an online discussion and reading the appropriate material, the learner will create a basic format for a lesson using mindful engagement in a Social Studies Classroom.

Lesson 3: "Developing Objectives Based On Mindful Engagement"

Developing Objectives Based On Mindful Engagment

Since we have our students characteristics taken into account, now we can start to create objectives for our sample lesson!

Target Objectives

By completing this lesson, learners will be able to:

- After reading/watching the appropriate material, learners will understand the importance of creating instructional objectives by participating in an online discussion.

- After participating in a discussion activity, learners will create instructional objectives for sample lesson utilizing a "Mindful Engagement" approach.

Lesson 4: "How to Facilitate Meaningful Discussion About Text"

How to Facilitate Meaningful Discussion About Text

Now that we have objectives and know what type of success we want to have our students achieve, we will begin to create activities that are consistent with our objectives and a Mindful Engagement approach.

Target Objectives

By completing this lesson, learners will be able to:

- Explain how instructional objectives are used and why they are important to the lesson planning process.

- Create instructional objectives for their sample lesson by utilizing the template and examples provided in the readings and other resources.

Lesson 5: Rubrics and Assessment Methods

Rubrics and Assessment Methods

Almost done! Now we will build upon our objectives and activities and create appropriate assessments for our sample lesson. You will finish your lesson and complete a reflection activity to end the mini course.

Target Objectives

By completing this lesson, learners will be able to:

- Read articles based on different assessment methods and discuss the appropriate uses for these methods.

- Create rubrics for discussion activities and/or any other activities where appropriate.

- Finish sample lesson.

- Write a final reflection detailing their final thoughts about the course and any strengths or weaknesses the course had.