Cate Humanities teachers design lessons and teach in ways that “Explore before Explain.” To do this, teachers:
- Provide an artifact as a starting point for inquiry. An artifact can be a primary/literary document, a work of art, an architectural structure, a map, data, music, or image.
- Give time and emphasis to the student-led process of observe, question, and infer.
- Employ a questioning framework to develop student questioning skills.
- Design the course with specific content that drives inquiry by being engaging, inclusive, and thematically connected to the class.
- Promote interdisciplinary thinking and alternative perspectives analysis.
- Emphasize and develop foundational skills that directly support student inquiry thinking, writing, and communication abilities.
- Use diagnostic and formative assessment techniques and provide feedback to help each student’s metacognition about their learning process and skills awareness.
- Use inclusive teaching methods to encourage diverse perspectives and viewpoints.
- Intentionally incorporate interdisciplinary learning in the classroom.
- Encourage student-led discussion.