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One-Day Workshop:
Curiosity Across the Content Areas: Engaging Kids Through Student-Directed Inquiry

Presented by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

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This practical, hands-on workshop answers hard questions raised by concerned teachers across the country: How can I make sure my students are truly engaged in learning and feeling they have genuine choices, agency, and ownership? At the same time, how can I guarantee that my kids understand the content of social studies, science, math, language arts, and the rest? How can I get them productively engaged in researching authentic issues and events? And how can I make all this happen in a classroom atmosphere of curiosity, collaboration, and caring?

Teachers have always known that getting kids "hooked" on a topic is one key to successful learning. Recent brain research validates our instinct, showing that curiosity is a definable and sustainable state of mind. When our curiosity is evoked, we feel energized, think more clearly, work harder, and persist longer. In short, when students are interested, they learn more and better. So how do we make school more interesting, while meeting the standards and mandates we all face?

In this workshop, Smokey will directly involve participants in a series of lessons that enact key strategies of content-area literacy and project-based, inquiry learning. You'll see how kids can think better around challenging topics, and how they can use close reading and collaborative writing as tools for exploration in any subjects. Our goal is to help kids engage deeply in big ideas, build lasting knowledge, and ultimately, act wisely as citizens. Come with your teaching questions in hand; leave with ideas you can use right away.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn ten ways to move from "coverage" toward content-area inquiry
  • See how to turn the curriculum into questions kids want to investigate
  • Take a fresh look at close reading, using texts and images
  • Experience powerful nonfiction written strategies
  • Join in explicit lessons on the social skills of small group interaction
  • Learn three models of inquiry-based learning: mini-inquiries, curricular inquires, and open inquiries
  • Gather practical methods to scaffold students up a ladder of increasingly complex texts and topics, and to meaningfully assess that work

About the Presenter

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels is an internationally known K-12 educator, author, and consultant. His forthcoming book, The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry, offers a ladder of practical structures that turn the curriculum into questions that kids cannot resist investigating. Some of Smokey's other bestselling books include the popular Texts and Lessons series, which covers nonfiction reading, nonfiction writing, and reading literature; Subjects Matter; Upstanders; and Comprehension and Collaboration. He is also co-author of Best Practice (Fourth Edition), as well as editor of Comprehension Going Forward.

Smokey works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States and Canada, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers in grades K–12, principals and assistant principals, team leaders or department chairs, curriculum specialists, literacy or instructional coaches, reading specialists.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/04/2017 - Emeryville, CA

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Availability: Available When: 05/04/2017 Where:
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland
1800 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

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