Creating Wonder in the Classroom – Emma Moss | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: Designing Inquiry

Creating Wonder in the Classroom

All children ask questions—usually a ton of questions. Small children in particular wonder about almost everything. Often by the time these children become teenagers, their wonder questions, at least in the classroom, begin to decline. How can we inspire this wonder again, especially wonder about history, which we all know is fascinating stuff? One way of doing this is by designing inquiry-based lessons that encourage students to tap into their wonder.

About Emma
In Emma Moss’ classroom history comes alive. Her students are immersed in history with virtual reality, analyze the past to solve real-world problems, and engage in lively Socratic seminars that begin with designing for inquiry. Moss graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s in Social Science Teaching. She teaches History and Digital Literacy in Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah. She has presented at UCET, UCSS, and Utah ACTE. She was the 2020 Utah ACTE New Teacher of the Year, 2020 Canyons District Teacher of the Year, and recipient of a PTA Excellence in Teaching award.


OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies
August 5-7, 2020

We’re all exploring ways to ensure our students’ learning – and our own – continues to advance. Our new professional development conference for social studies can help meet those needs.


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