NCDPI: Causation

Although reading and writing are integral to any social studies course, it’s also important to develop students’ historical thinking practices. Causation is a skill that is often misrepresented by students—and by adults, for that matter. How can we help students understand the differences between long-term causes, short-term causes, and triggering events? How can students use this skill to gain a greater historical perspective? You’ll be excited by the buzz that’s created in your classroom when you begin to implement a few simple techniques that involve them in the investigation.

About North Carolina Department of Public Instruction & OER Project Professional Development Series

North Carolina schools leadership and OER Project believe that teachers are the key to providing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to lead our country into the future. In that spirit, we are collaborating to provide a series of workshops for teachers looking to add a few new tools to their toolbox. Developing students’ skills in any social studies classroom is imperative for understanding the content. These sessions will dive deep into a particular skill and leave you with ideas and tools that can be implemented immediately in your classroom. OER Project team members will work with North Carolina schools to design each session with your needs in mind. We are excited to begin this partnership and look forward to learning together throughout the school year.

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