Each month we publish several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are the resources from our newsletters that educators turned to the most in the month of January.
1. History Animated
History Animated provides animations of battles of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the US Civil War, and US campaigns in Europe and the Pacific during World War II.
2. Vans Custom Culture
The Vans Custom Culture art competition challenges students to reimagine blanks pairs of Vans shoes to represent four themes of the Vans' "Off the Wall" lifestyle: action sports, arts, music, and local flavor. Entries are due February 10, 2017, at 5 p.m. (PT).
3. Lure of the Labyrinth
Lure of the Labyrinth is a digital game for middle school pre-algebra students. The game includes a wealth of intriguing math-based puzzles wrapped into an exciting narrative game in which students work to find their lost pet and save the world from monsters!
4. Media Literacy & Fake News
C-SPAN Classroom's new lesson plan, Media Literacy & Fake News, is based on five C-SPAN videos featuring authors and other experts talking about the role of media in influencing how people think about political topics.
5. Sing About Science and Math
The Sing About Science and Math website is a free database of lesson plans for incorporating music into STEM classes. To qualify for inclusion in the database, a lesson plan or instructor guide must ask students to interact with STEM music in some way beyond listening to the song or singing along to a prerecorded version.
Sir Ken Robinson once said in a TED Talk that "Teaching is creative profession."
I love that line.
Because of systems in place, as well as cultural stereotypes, and Mrs. Crabapple from The Simpsons, it is very easy to believe that teachers are just walking textbooks, or playback machines, or mindless dictators (ok, maybe I can be a little dictatorish sometimes). But these descriptions are limiting, because at the heart of teaching is creativity.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
“Poetry didn’t save my life; it saved yours.” This quote has been dancing around in my head for several days now. The poet who spoke these words meant them quite literally. If it had not been for the countless hours he spent developing, drafting, and delivering his words, he very well could have been out in the streets up to no good. Additionally, without the impact of his poetic words, someone else’s life may have been negatively impacted or even lost. This sentiment, though on the negative end of the spectrum, still communicates an important message: poetry is powerful, and it changes and saves lives.