Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- Why do you think most states encourage the study of state history and geography? What subtopics do you think should be included in the curriculum?
- How do you prepare to teach students about controversial topics?
- How would you create a classroom climate that supports research, collaboration, and the effective use of multimedia by young learners?
- What issues do you think are important to consider when using technology in teaching?
Watch the Video
As you watch "California Missions," take notes on the instructional strategies Mr. Rubio uses to teach students about California missions, especially how he sets up research projects and prepares students for group work and presentations. Note what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- How does Mr. Rubio get students interested in conducting research?
- How does Mr. Rubio draw all of the students into the assignment?
- How does Mr. Rubio support a learning community, and how is it important to the success of this lesson?
- How does Mr. Rubio encourage students to use technology in ways that facilitate learning?
- What will students know and be able to do as a result of the lesson?
Let's take a second look at Mr. Rubio's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.