Back to School Message from Liz Vogel

Posted by Liz Vogel on August 16, 2019

A back-to-school message from Liz Vogel, Los Angeles Director for Facing History and Ourselves.

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Back to School - Telling a Story

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 15, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

In addition to establishing class norms and culture, the first week of school is a time to show students what the course will be like. I always loved introducing how my class would engage their curiosity and their voice through the activities we did early on. 

Lesson 5 of the Back-to-School Toolkit pulls back the curtain on the work of a historian, inviting students to engage more critically with historical narrative:

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Back to School - Contracting

Posted by Gayle Cole on August 14, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

By using the fourth lesson from the Back-to-School Toolkit, classes get to collaborate on something that can guide them and serve as a touchpoint for the whole year – the classroom contract. While it can seem like a simple exercise, the importance of this lesson should not be minimized. It provides the opportunity for the entire community to have a voice and a stake in establishing the tone for wrestling with important ideas, conversations, and learning. 

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Back to School - Student Identity

Posted by Celina Martinez on August 13, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

One of my favorite things about the beginning of school year as a teacher was community- building. For me, it went so much farther than learning all my students’ names—it also became about their identities. Who were these people in my classroom? Where did they come from? What experiences have they had? What experiences do they bring into my classroom?

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Back to School - Setting the Tone

Posted by Jason David on August 12, 2019

As LA area schools go back to school, we want to feature the new "Back to School Toolkit" from Facing History. Each day this week, we will showcase one part of the toolkit.

The first days of school are so important for setting the tone of the class.  How do you signal to students that you are interested in being in partnership with them?

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More Teachers Share Their First Days

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 18, 2017

 

Earlier this week, we shared how three teachers interwove setting up their classes during the first days of school with creating space to grapple with current events. (Click here for that initial post.) We've continued to hear from teachers, including one who said poignantly, “basically, we need to teach Reconstruction as thoroughly/often as we teach the Bill of Rights, the writing of the Constitution."

Here are two more examples, one for a student classroom and one for bringing adults into conversation before they create discussion spaces with young people.

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Topics: Back-To-School, current events

3 Teachers Share their First Days Back to School

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 16, 2017

When significant current events occur right as students come back to school, teachers' jobs get even trickier.  Any first days back include getting to know students' names, setting up class structures, and laying a foundation for the community and learning that will happen all year long.  Add on top of that an immediate need to address heightened emotional levels and critical understanding of complicated events, and it can feel overwhelming.

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Giving Space for Student Voices, Questions, and Dialogue

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 15, 2017

This week, many schools in the Southern California area are welcoming students back for the school year. So, the news from Charlottesville this weekend, the imagery and violence which students may have seen, will likely be weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of educators. It is weighing on our hearts and minds as well.

What happens when you give space over to questions and dialogue? How do you make sure that space is constructive for learning, and one in which multiple perspectives can be heard and understood?

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Topics: Classrooms, Back-To-School, Events

A Back to School Message from Liz Vogel

Posted by Liz Vogel on August 15, 2017

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