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Applying Historical Reasoning to Argumentation

TEACHING HISTORICAL REASONING  |  COURSE 4 Introduction Welcome to Applying Argumentation to Historical Reasoning, the fourth course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Historical Reasoning! In this course, you will practice making reasoned inferences and making an argument map that you can use in the classroom. Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, you will [...]

Applying Historical Source Literacy

CONSIDERING THE SOURCE  |  COURSE 2 Introduction Welcome to Applying Historical Source Literacy, the second course in the BRI's online program, Considering the Source! In this course, you'll review and engage in historical source literacy skills. After honing your skills, you'll observe another experienced teacher model how they apply their skills to a primary source. [...]

Understanding Sources as Pieces of History

Understand the importance of primary sources in the classroom
Considering the Source  |  COURSE 1 Introduction Welcome to Understanding Sources as Pieces of History, the first course in the BRI's online program, Considering the Source! In this course, you'll activate your existing understanding of the topic. And by exploring the importance of historical interpretation, you'll gain new insights of sources as pieces of history. [...]

Guiding Students in Inquiry

TEACHING HISTORICAL REASONING  |  COURSE 3 Introduction Welcome to Guiding Students in Inquiry, the third course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Historical Reasoning! Historians are detectives of the past. And, like any good detectives, historians must ask effective questions to understand what happened in history. In this course, you'll know how to skillfully apply [...]

Building a Toolkit for Historical Reasoning

TEACHING HISTORICAL REASONING  |  COURSE 5 Introduction Welcome to Building a Toolkit for Teaching Historical Reasoning, the final course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Historical Reasoning! In this course, you will explore curated toolkits full of resources used by BRI staff and BRI master teachers. You will complete this final course by evaluating these [...]

Scaffold Sources for Various Learners

Practice scaffolding sources so your students can access them
CONSIDERING THE SOURCE   |  COURSE 4 Introduction Welcome to Scaffold Sources for Various Learners, the fourth course in the BRI's online program, Considering the Source! Primary sources can be difficult for students to read and comprehend. Sometimes we dismiss them because our students cannot access the text, but that can stunt their opportunities for [...]

Historical Reasoning: WHAT & HOW We Know It

TEACHING HISTORICAL REASONING  |  COURSE 2 Introduction Welcome to Historical Reasoning: What We Know and HOW We Know It, the second course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Historical Reasoning! In this second course, you'll learn how teachers and historians work with historical sources so that you can engage your students in historical reasoning. After [...]

Studying History in Modern Times

TEACHING HISTORICAL REASONING  |  COURSE 1 Introduction Welcome to Studying History in Modern Times, the first course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Historical Reasoning! In this course, you will understand the meaning of history while exploring the reasons we study and teach the subject. At the end of this course, you will reflect on [...]

Selecting Relevant Sources

Select sources to meet your learning objectives
INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 3 Introduction Welcome to Selecting Relevant Sources, the third course in the BRI's online program, Considering the Source! By the end of this course, you will know how to select relevant and credible sources to meet your learning objectives. You will complete this module by applying your learned skills [...]

The Anatomy of An Argument

“A mature society understands that at the heart of democracy is argument.” -Salman Rushdie, October 2012 Introduction Welcome to The Anatomy of an Argument , the first course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! We have established the essential role of dialogue and argumentation in a democratic society. Innovation and the development [...]

Errors in Logic – Biases and Fallacies

“When examining evidence relevant to a given belief, people are inclined to see what they expect to see, and conclude what they expect to conclude. Information that is consistent with our pre-existing beliefs is often accepted at face value, whereas evidence that contradicts them is critically scrutinized and discounted. Our beliefs may thus be less [...]

Effective Logic

“All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others.” — Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt, 2005 Introduction Welcome to Effective Logic , the third course in the BRI's online program, Teaching Logic and Reasoning! When we listen to the news [...]

Dialogue, Logic and Reasoning, and Civic Life

“Democracy begins in human conversation. A democratic conversation does not require elaborate rules of procedure or utopian notions of perfect consensus. What it does require is a spirit of mutual respect—people conversing critically with one another in an atmosphere of honesty and shared regard.” — William Greider, Who Will Tell the People Introduction Welcome to [...]

Situation 5 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 5, the final course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: Summer [...]

Situation 4 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 4 , the second course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Click the [...]

Situation 3 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 3 , the third course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Reasoning! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: [...]

Situation 2 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 2 , the second course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Pedagogy!   In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming [...]

Situation 1 | Advanced Socratic Pedagogy

Situation 1 Advanced Socratic Pedagogy
Introduction Welcome to Learning Situation 1 , the first course in the BRI's online program, Advanced Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will test your own Socratic pedagogy knowledge and diagnose dilemmas or situations that arise in a Socratic classroom. Following the initial diagnostic assessment, the course topic and content will be revealed. Upcoming Cohorts: [...]

Socratic Practicum

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 5 Introduction Welcome to Socratic Practicum , the fifth and final course in BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will review different ways to evaluate student learning in a Socratic seminar. In a discussion session, you will reflect on the purposes of each mode [...]

Socratic Reasoning

INTRODUCTION TO SOCRATIC PEDAGOGY  |  COURSE 4 Introduction Welcome to Socratic Reasoning , the fourth course in BRI's online program, Introduction to Socratic Pedagogy! In this course, you will examine how to help students build the essential reasoning and questioning skills necessary for a student driven seminar. You will deconstruct student exemplars, providing feedback and [...]
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