Robust Discussion of Controversial Issues and Joy – Mary Anne Christy | The OC for Social Studies

OER Conference for K-12 Social Studies | Track Talk: Engaging Conversations Online and Off

How Robust Discussion of Controversial Issues Made My Classroom a More Joyful Place

The Structured Academic Controversy method is a wonderful way to scaffold conversations about controversial issues. Learn how to create a clear framework to make these discussions work—even in an online space where discussions can be tough to kickstart!

About Mary Anne
I came to teaching by an alternative path and found my way to teaching high school history via elementary school classrooms all over Seattle and graduate students in the social studies methods course at the University of Washington. High School History – and the discussions, research and high level inquiry – is the best thing there is to teach.


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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