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School of Medicine Columbia

WITH, not AT: Classroom Discussion for Building Background Knowledge

Type: Live Webinar
Location: Webinar with Transcript
Cost: Free. (Registration is required.)


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About the Program

In a world with so many sources of information, it is difficult for teachers to know how to build background knowledge in a way that feels organic. In the past few years, however, educational experts have realized that classroom discussion—once considered an “old-school” teaching technique—represents a bold new way forward. We will examine some of the scholarship around this topic, while looking at its advantages and challenges.

Target Audience: Teachers, Administrators

Participants Will Learn:

  1. About recent scholarship focused on classroom discussion.
  2. How to build background knowledge while introducing important and interesting topics.
  3. Some of the resources in the marketplace.

About the Presenters

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Matt Cibula

Matt Cibula is the sales manager at Knowledge Unlimited by Building Wings. He worked as a classroom teacher, social worker, and children’s book “author-in-the-schools” before joining Knowledge Unlimited in 1996.



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