What brings you to the 2022 OER Conference for Social Studies?

The keynote speakers, collaboration with other educators, inspiration for the upcoming school year, or clock hours, people attend conferences for many reasons. So, what brings you to the OER Conference for Social Studies? Share your reasons for attending in the comments below!

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  • Having attended the OER Conference for Social Studies in the past, I would say each of these options has been exremely helpful to my work as an educator. Previously, I remember listening to John Greene…

  • This will be my first year teaching OER. I want all the knowledge, support, and excitement I can soak in. I’m worried it’s going to be a long year

  • This will be my third OER Conference and I think what keeps me coming back is the variety of topics and new ideas I encounter each year.  Last year hearing Brian Stevenson talk and then reading his book…

  • Can’t wait for different ideas and outlooks that I am sure will be presented.  Also looking for excitement and support for the upcoming year!

  • Some continuing learning and some inspiration.  We stop living when we stop learning!  What can I add to my classroom this year that will encourage and inspire my students to develop a habit and expectation of life-long learning?  Social studies is just the best for this!

  • This will be my third OER Conference for Social Studies. What I love about the conference is that there are so many strategies from teachers who are still currently in the classroom that I can easily implement this school year. I also love that the Track Talks are available ahead of time and many of the Keynote Speakers and live track discussions are recorded so I can still watch them even if I miss some during the conference.

  • I'm currently an Education History major at Sterling College and currently teach K-5 Art.  I plan to eventually teach Social Sciences to High Schoolers.  This conference sounded like something that I would enjoy and learn more about the OER curriculum for my future classroom.  

  • I work in Australia and I find the OER conference is really beneficial because the discussions aren't necessarily the same as the local professional conversations I'm having with colleagues. Engaging with debates outside my own cultural context can get me to look at issues from a different perspective and really enrich my teaching. It's also often reassuring to see how many of my teaching struggles are truly global Laughing

  • Social studies are such a crucial component of modern education. I totally agree that it's all about storytelling and bringing history to life. That's why resources like Flipgrid are game-changers for us educators. I've used it in the past, and it's a must-have for any classroom.I work in a high school, and I know firsthand the importance of having engaging Resources for highschoolers. That's why I'm super excited to hear about the resources you'll discuss at conferences. High schoolers have a lot going on, so providing them with resources that make learning more dynamic is essential.

  • I couldn't agree with you more,  ! I think that students also really start to recognize the power of narrative as units progress. (At least for me they do with BHP.) Connecting the story of the universe, our planet, and our species shows students that you can't understand one without the other. Emphasizing the power of collective learning and interconnectedness show students how far we have come while also considering the challenges of the future.

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