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Primary Sources in the Classroom: Maximizing Student Engagement and Learning in Elementary and Middle School
A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or a new piece of a puzzle into an elementary or middle school classroom. From Kindergarten to eighth grade, an analysis strategy to look at that source can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. School librarian and author Tom Bober shares insights on the benefits that primary source analysis brings to student thinking and learning along with the steps and strategies to unleash them.

Join us to:
Expand considerations around how to select compelling primary sources to support student learning.
Explore the role teachers play in primary source analysis to empower students’ engagement and learning.
Experience primary source analysis strategies that can be used with elementary and middle school students.

Feb 20, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tom Bober
Librarian and Author
Tom Bober is a school librarian at RM Captain Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri, a former Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress, and author of the book Elementary Educator's Guide to Primary Sources: Strategies for Teaching. He writes the Picture Books and Primary Sources posts for AASL’s KQ blog and is the Elementary Curriculum Editor for SchoolLibraryConnection.com. Tom promotes the use of primary sources in student learning to educators across the country at national and regional conferences, workshops, and webinars. He began his career as an elementary classroom teacher, was also an educational technologist, and has spent the last nine years as a school librarian. He is a DPLA Community Rep and a member of teacher advisory boards for the National Portrait Gallery and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.