Category Archives: Social Studies

The Magnetic Debate

The Magnetic Debate is a discussion strategy in which participants are given an opportunity to influence others through persuasive speeches, sincere advice, and education so an informed decision can be made on a controversial issue.  Teachers become coaches as they … Continue reading

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Stix Discussion

The Stix Discussion (Stix 1999) is a discussion strategy that has four distinct viewpoints as well as an inner circle and an outer circle that equally participate in a discussion. This strategy is a modification of the inner-outer circle or … Continue reading

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Inspiring Creativity: Think Outside the Bowl

Join Our Movement: Show that you are a supporter of Inspiring Creativity in our schools. To get your free decal, scroll down for ordering information. So what’s going on? With the resurgence of testing nationwide, many teachers report that they … Continue reading

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Reinforcing Vocabulary in All Content Areas

Learning new words and developing an extended vocabulary, with accompanying compatible definitions, is a common task throughout all disciplines and at all levels of school. Teachers are always looking for new ways to motivate their students, but when the work … Continue reading

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Imagery Walk

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Imagery Walk is an exercise that allows students to visually bring content alive by utilizing their imaginations. It is based on meditative practices, but allows for scenes in English Language Arts, historical periods in … Continue reading

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Carousel Brainstorming

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D The Carousel Brainstorming strategy is easy to implement. Each cooperative group walks up to an open-ended question posted on chart paper, discusses it, brainstorms answers or solutions, and writes down responses within a given amount … Continue reading

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Open-Ended Questions

(c) 2012 Andi Stix, Ed.D Research has shown time and time again that if we pose a close-ended question, our students will elicit a minimal amount of answers. However, we can draft the same question using the following question starters … Continue reading

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Heaping Pennies

by Andi Stix, Ed.D. This experiment portrays the idea that group cohesion is stronger than the individual members who form the group. Essential Question: What is group cohesion? What is a team?   Guiding Questions: For what reasons do people form … Continue reading

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Classroom Strategies that Motivate the Reluctant Learner

© 2007 Andi Stix, Ed.D.                            Speech given at the National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA In a society where no child is left untested, it … Continue reading

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Viewing Events from Multiple Perspectives

 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. and Frank Hrbek                                                                © 2003 Middle … Continue reading

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The Art of Negotiable Contracting

© 2000 by Andi Stix, Ed.D. (A modified version was published by AGATE‘s GEMS: Fall 2000)   It may have the sound of being more than it really is, but negotiable contracting is indeed an art. While not immediately evident … Continue reading

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Reality-Based Integrated Instruction

© 1994 Speech by Andi Stix, Ed.D. ERIC: Eric Resources Information Center #ED377491 Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Exhibit of the National Middle School Association, “Bridges to Success” (21st, Cincinnati, OH, Nov 3-6, 1994) Abstract: A teacher wants … Continue reading

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Index Card or Guided Notes Games for Reinforcing Content

One of the most effective teaching strategy groups that is simple to implement involves  inexpensive index cards. Whether students keep guided notes while they read text or keep a dictionary of new words in an index box, the following strategies … Continue reading

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