Students are media producers as well as consumers, so our pedagogical use of video is as important as the quality itself. In March 2016, I had the honor of presenting on this topic at the CUE National Conference together with the talented Michelle Sadrena Clark, Regional Consultant for the USC Shoah Foundation and a humanities teacher at High Tech High North County. Read on for links and lessons!
There are a lot of student opportunities at this time of year which could be engaging for students in a Facing History classroom. Here are a few that have come our way. Have you heard of others? Post them below to share with other teachers!
As part of Facing History and Ourselves’ second annual Facing History Together Student Essay Contest, “Student Voices: To Kill a Mockingbird in Today’s World,” middle and high school students across the U.S. have the opportunity to win individual and classroom prizes up to $2,500.
Facing History educators shared four presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference of the California Council for the Social Studies. Below are the links and slides from each of the presentations. And, for those who were admiring the posters in our booth, at the bottom is a slideshow of the whole set of Choosing to Participate posters. We also encourage all who visited our booth and/or one of these presentations to deepen your use of Facing History with one of these seminars. Check out our Southern California and Northern California seminars.
We had a packed room for our presentation this year at the California Association of Teachers of English conference. Check out our presentation below, highlighting four great resources from Facing History's collection of writing strategies, literacy strategies and literature-based study guides.
Join us this June for a unique new version of this powerful seminar, utilizing both online modules and face-to-face sessions explicitly designed as a “humanized” online experience. You'll be exposed to online activities and technological tools that both engage online while still focusing on building a safe and reflective learning community.
As part of our "powering up" series, we wanted to share a collective inquiry into bringing a humanized approach to online engagement. Adopting technology isn't just about finding fun new tools, but how we create new models for interaction and how we use those tools for our larger goals. In Facing History's case, this means how we can use tech tools to create a more engaged, compassionate citizenry. It starts with how we engage with each other, face-to-face and online.
A few months ago, I posed the question, "how do you stay engaged? in a blog post reflecting on current events. One group of teachers engaged with this question - and each other - through an online forum callled Padlet.
Our New York office is engaged in an effort to bring together Facing History educators from different schools across the region in Professional Learning Communities, through a grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation. The PLCs meet monthly, virtually or in-person, so that Facing History teachers can share best practices, reflect on pedagogy and instruction, and explore new resources. In a recent discussion focused on helping students connect to the real world, they discussed our Learn+Teach+Share blog post by using Padlet.
As part of our on-going series this spring on "powering up" Facing History lessons, we share their Padlet response below.
What would it mean to have your picture taken by a world-renowned fashion photographer? What would it mean to your daughter or son? What could it mean for your students, more specifically for that student who walks in, head down, and heads to the back of the classroom, to the shadows?
Positive Exposure, featured in a special exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance, turns society’s definition of “beauty” on its head and asks us to “change how you see, see how you change.”
During 2015 and 2016, we've been honored to collaborate with the Museum of Tolerance to provide an institute which focuses on "Young Voices During the Holocaust." This workshop is particularly relevant for teachers of The Diary of Anne Frank and those who teach the Holocaust. Participants come away with a much deeper understanding of the Holocaust and the specific impact and voice of adolescents during that time.
In this post, you'll find the slide resources and Connecting questions used during this workshop. For additional opportunities which bring together Facing History and the Museum of Tolerance, please email us!
As we have in past years, we want to take a moment and highlight some blog posts published last year which may not have caught your eye. Here are some favorites from both this blog and the national Facing History blog, Facing Today. These "hidden gems" were identified by Los Angeles staff.