Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity.
I love this site! It provides a wealth of information, and additionally, you can order several DVDs and teaching materials for FREE! They say there is no free lunch, but these materials may challenge that. I also ordered a set of posters from which to teach. They were a nice addition to my classroom.
My favorite of all their available resources is "One Survivor Remembers," about Gerda Weissmann a Holocaust survivor... Pretty powerful, and can lead to so many different teaching avenues. If you teach history, or even a novel set during World War II, this teaching video and materials won't disappoint. They sent me a series of primary source materials (copies) of pictures, postcards, documents, etc. I hope that you take a peek!
All right, I like to follow what Michael Wesch is doing--he is a really cool anthropology professor that created the famous The Machine is Us/ing Us video that has been seen like a bazillion times... He has a relatively new video The anthropological introduction to Youtube, and I think it is pretty great. My perspective of Youtube was totally shifted, and if you haven't seen it already--its a must see! (The video was created for a lecture presented at the Library of Congress.)
5.Tolerance.org: Tolerance.org makes my short list because I believe so strongly in tolerance education... This site offers many free videos and lesson plans that can be easily incorporated into language arts or social studies classrooms. There are resources for primary and secondary classrooms.
Okay, so I checked out Scrapblog last night--really cool! I think that there are some uses for this application in the classroom. I've always wanted to do some kind of photo journal assignment, and this may be a way to create something like that. I'm not sure exactly, but if students have access to photos and video, they could be very creative--I like the idea of using non-print text, and I have done some work with students making connection between print and non-print texts before... Specifically, students found artwork that connected to Gerda Weissman's story (Holocaust survivor). Anyways, I think there is potential here--If nothing else, and end of the year or end of the semester presentation would be fun...
The Death of English (LOL) by Lily Huang—Newsweek--reports on a British experiment demonstrating that the more adept children were at text messaging, the better they did in spelling and writing. Interesting information!
Are ya kiddin' me? Matthew Yglesias correlates US dropout rates to parents redshirting their kids in The Cost of Redshirting... Personally, I find this laughable. Yes, a small percentage of parents are redshirting their children--enrolling their kids into kindergarten a year later than necessary--typically at age 6--to give their children a perceived advantage academically or athletically. But to try to explain our nations stagnate test scores or drop-out rates based in redshirting is quite a stretch... To better understand where we stack up in the larger global perspective, we may need to look at educational practices, family values, and economic status. Cultural trends--where are we as a nation relating to the needs of our students? Our educational practices are simply outdated--methodologies steeped in theories and psychologies of yesteryear... As educators, we need to look closely at our own pedagogy--change is hard, but to keep pace with the rest of the world, we are going to need to do more than enroll our kids in kindergarten at age 5 instead of age 6...
Okay, so one of the many things I did today was to add a picture of myself on this blog--Scott said it was obvious I took the picture myself--although I did put some effort into trying to make it look like more of a candid shot--failed... I still think it isn't that bad :)
Gardner says about blogging... "I also try in several ways to encourage the class (encourage=give heart) to blog as part of the journey to the magic." This is a eloquent blog post about blogging in the classroom--share with a teacher that is on the fence!
I was surfin' the web a bit tonight and stopped back by THE TWAIN BLOG. A recent post titled Whale of a time! really resonated with me... I related to his metaphor, and I appreciate someone saying what I'm thinking--where is the divergent thinking? I agree that the majority of blogs that I'm reading are saying the same things--and I'm totally at fault here, too... Why is it that we can't seem to get on with it? Move beyond the rhetoric and drive more change in the classroom. As I spend more time on the web, which isn't much as I have a 3 year old daughter, I am astounded by the growing number of tools that are available to educators and students... I thought that I was doing a pretty good job incorporating Web 2.0 into my curricula, but I really had no idea how many new possibilities could be leveraged by educators... I spent some time today on slideshare--wow! I happened upon a website by Marta Z. Kagan... self-proclaimed social media evangelist--take a look how social media is influencing the world outside of education...
A recent blog post by George Siemens leaves me thinking... give me a break. I couldn't leave a comment on his blog, so I'll recreate his post and leave my opinions as well...
Just an ordinary classroom teacher--teaching middle school for nearly a decade... (Okay--just made the switch to high school) I'll be sharing teaching ideas and my thoughts on 21st century education. Welcome! I hope you can find some useful tools or inspiration on my site.
"Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Ralph Waldo Emerson