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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling


Beauty Surrounds Us/ American Indian Art

Beauty Surrounds Us

Kwakwaka'wakw dancers in British Columbia wear special masks that demonstrate their ancestors' ability to transform from human form to animal spirit. Worn during potlatches, feasts, ceremonies, and social gatherings, transformation masks are elaborately created with hinges and strings that enable the masked dancer to emerge as one being and transform into another at the pull of a cord. The opening and closing of the mask is done in sync with the beat of a drum.

IMAGES from the exhibition. Clicking on the images below will take you to a large, high quality jpeg files. The detail in the photographs is beautiful. Identifying notes for each image can be found at the bottom of the post.

Quechua child's costume, ca. 1940 Wallawalla Men's Leggings, ca.1870 Crow girl's dress, ca. 1915
Nuwukmiut Eskimo Football Tlingit man's frontlet headdress, ca. 1870 Tlingit Rattle

One more... the file for the Transformational Mask above, shown open : )

There is much more in the exhibition, though you can't extract the high quality jpegs anymore. They are charging $7.50 a file now. On the bright side, the search system for the National Museum of the American Indian is much improved.

Identifying Notes for Images

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Comment by Ellen Pham on November 14, 2009 at 10:15am
Tlingit Rattle, ca 1880
Drag your mouse across the rattle to view 360

Music was—and continues to be—a common feature of Tlingit ceremonies. To diagnose and cureillness, healers, or shamans, shook round wooden rattles filled with pebbles or shells to communicate with the supernatural world. This rattle depicts a bear and a hawk, which may have been spirits the shaman used to assist him in his work.

Comment by ddeubel on November 15, 2009 at 10:39pm

Thanks for sharing this with us.

As you know, I have a background in Anthropology and the W. Coast peoples have a special place in my heart. Prior to Cook and Vancouver's arrivals - they had societies very advanced and much more "urbanized" than anything in the New World. Amazing culture.

I'd often thought through the years of setting up a whole English curriculum based on the concept of alter identity. What I mean is that all students would wear a mask when learning/speaking English. I wonder if any teacher has ever tried it? It certainly seems more pedagogically sound than say - the silent method or suggestopedia....
Comment by Ellen Pham on November 15, 2009 at 11:03pm
I hope you grabbed the images, David. Click all the way through, and you'll see they are stunning in their detail. Somehow these things give me peace. So much beauty in the world, always has been...

Thanks for commenting... it encourages me to keep digging.

You know your idea about masks... child psychologists do that in a sense, when children talk through puppets or toys... there's a whole branch of it I looked into awhile ago, I'll have to think of the name...

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about how the process of normal first-language speech development could be applied (is applied?) in the EFL classroom. What would it look like? Would it be effective? More later, maybe : )
Comment by Ellen Pham on November 21, 2009 at 12:37am
I should mention another excellent resource from the National Museum of the American Indian, Native Words/ Native Warriors...

It won't embed here, so you will have to visit the site!
Comment by Ellen Pham on November 21, 2009 at 2:39am
Link to 33 Online Exhibitions from the National Museum of the American Indian

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