This activity aids in establishing explicit standards describing what students can expect to experience in a classroom and how they’re expected to participate.
Trust-building is an important foundation before engaging in deeper discussion topics. This icebreaker activity will help students feel more connected.
Silent Listening With a Partner
This activity challenges students to practice listening to understand – not simply to respond— and allows them to share without fear of interruption.
Hopes and Concerns
This activity allows students to reflect, write down, and share out their hopes and concerns around engaging in constructive dialogue about issues of importance.
Getting Started with Civil Discourse
This unit provides lesson plans to help teachers cultivate respectful and constructive discussions among students in the classroom, promoting critical thinking, empathy, and effective communication skills.
Cultivating Civil Discourse in Your Middle School Classroom
To help students state their ideas with strong reasoning while respecting others’ viewpoints, self‐regulate their own behavior, and develop metacognition of their own thought process.
Centers of Progress
This unit explores the locations that have served as hubs for human progress and innovation throughout world history. Students will delve into the stories of significant cities and regions, examining their contributions in fields such as science, technology, arts, and governance, fostering a deep appreciation for the interconnectedness of societies and the impact of key cultural
Heroes of Progress
This unit focuses on the remarkable historical figures who have embodied human progress and innovation throughout world history. Students will delve into the lives and achievements of influential individuals, exploring their contributions in areas such as science, art, and social reform, cultivating a deep appreciation for the transformative power of individuals in shaping our world.
This unit aims to cultivate critical thinking skills in students as they explore microeconomics and macroeconomics, examining the role of government in the economy through lessons that encourage analysis, evaluation, and understanding of economic principles and government interventions.
Foundations of Civics and Economics
This unit on civics fosters critical thinking skills in students as they engage with topics in government, democracy, and U.S. history, providing comprehensive lesson plans that encourage deep analysis, evaluation, and reflection on the principles and dynamics of civic life.