Aha Moment! Teaching for Conceptual Understanding

Today I was reading through some reflection forms my students filled out at the end of our Where We Are In Place And Time Unit focused on civilizations and had an “Aha Moment!”.

The students were asked to “Explain what Where We Are In Place and Time means to you now that we have examined previous societies and civilizations.”

This was one of the responses the students wrote:
” I finally know why we live the way we do. It’s because of all these civilizations before us. Where we are in place and time is not a question but an answer.”

This is why I love teaching for conceptual understanding and focusing on the big ideas! This student has clearly taken something away grander than the individual facts about each civilization that they are going to forget, but truly made a deep, philosophical understanding beyond the facts.

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