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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 has been a city and suburban public school teacher, a university professor, a classroom consultant, a writer, and a book editor. He is the author or co-author of 20 books (and associated videos) on literacy, language, literature, and school change. All of Smokey's work aims to bring the joy of learning to schools, making classrooms places of curiosity, engagement, collaboration, and knowledge-building.

Smokey's latest title is The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry. This book presents a 10-step model that helps teachers get started with inquiry. Smokey serves as a guest teacher and coach in classrooms around North America, and offers workshops, long-term consultancies, multi-day national institutes, conference sessions, classroom demonstration lessons, webinars, literacy coach training, and administrator events.

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 $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Early Discount Deadline Extended!

Registrations must be received by September 25, 2018 to qualify for the early bird rate of $209 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

12/05/2018 - Charlotte, NC
12/07/2018 - Garden City, NY

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