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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

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

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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

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Why isn't "shit detecting" a school subject?

detectorI"m sorry but I've had a bad day. All the B.S. about the "royal" wedding and people aimlessly following,  jollygagging along.  The farce of celebrity and bread and circuses. Who'll break this circle of lies?

What I mean is that school should be a place for creating citizens that are critically aware, citizens that ask questions and who in the spirit of the enlightenment - are free and pull on their own oars. The evidence that surrounds me, shows that very little of this is the case. Especially worrisome is a school system that puts the royal farce on the boob tube and labels it as "educational" - without nare a discussion of what all this mass psychosis means. Visited the local library today and that's what I found the librarian doing with a class of 11 year olds. Them watching TV and the teacher oogling the ceremony.

Where is the shit detector that we should by adult responsibility, be building into each and every youth? What good is school if not that it follows Socrates' example  and "the life examined"? Is it just another branch of an advertising agency? Is it just a place to kill time and socialize? Is it a lobby, a purgatory before the promise of  wasting a life making money?  Where is the critical mind and involved citizenry that was the promise of the enlightenment as they cast off the shackles of absolute monarchy, subservience and slave wages?

School does a piss poor job of getting students to critically examine their place in the world and the society where they live.  The evil of unquestioned knowledge is really scary and we live in scary times.

Just wanted to say this. Here is a movie I dug up, to throw a wrench into the machine. Ecrasez l'infame. Let's hope there are a few teachers out there still asking their students to carry shit detectors instead of dreaming of buying the next handbag or Chanel fragrance.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 30, 2011 at 7:30pm

Is it a lobby, a purgatory before the promise of  wasting a life making money?


That's what our corporations (I include all national politicians as part of this system) are trying so hard to make it.


And on the other end, the people who take so much pride in being scholarly, in knowing more than the other does, are just as empty and cruel... because, I think, in order to keep their value, their feeling of intellectual superiority, they must be panicked inside that all those smart kids might reach them, might discover the emporer is wearing no clothes, that they are just another scared human being who has put an awful lot of effort into being 'superior' to others... when in reality it's highly unlikely that all their 'superiority' is going to make any more difference in the world than the bum begging for beer change outside the convenience store.


Yes, there are a few geniuses in history that individually in a few acts or insights do profoundly effect the future into seeming eternity... but just a few : ).


On the other hand, DAVID, there is a time for play!!! To enjoy ourselves, our bodies, one another, nature, humor, even pageantry and princess dresses (that's what the librarian was doing, I know, I am a girl) because that's what we have. That's also a big gift of life. Give me the librarian who can't help herself, she just has to see the royal wedding, over the teacher who is dead inside and doesn't let herself go over into anything. There is a deep archetype in there somewhere... look at all our fairy tales : )


I wish my internet would let me watch the movie!! It keeps buffering, I have to change companies!


Also, the tremendous sadness of the world must be given out in small doses to children, so as not to overwhelm, but to bring forth empathy, indignation, that youthful power and enthusiasm to make a difference. It is a delicate thing in the minds of children before high school. Gotta trust me on that one. By high school, throw it at 'em : ).


Did you know that last year in Oregon, over 70,000 cases of child abuse were reported? That's a tremendous number of children being powerless to solve their own pain. In the US, child abuse is generally not reported until it is severe... beatings, rape, starvation, that kind of thing. And it doesn't get reported until someone with the desire and capacity to report notices.  Oregon has about 800,000 children under 18. Do one in five abused children get noticed? One in three?


Add that to the poverty and hunger rates for children, the lack of health care, even the stress of divorce, or simply not having both a mother and a father to depend on, and children have a tremendous amount already on their plates. When I stop and ponder these things, I'm amazed our society can function at all.


From my observation, the youngest children learn kindness, giving, and respect for another life through taking care of animals. It's amazing to me that classroom pets are so often discouraged in elementary classrooms, even more so since the corporate take over of curriculum that occurred during "no child left behind".


By 9 or 10 years old, children can handle a little bit more... but it needs to be in the form of one child relating to another- Hanna's Suitcase or Anne Frank's Diary are examples, as well as "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" ... that kind of thing.


By 6 th grade the full brutality of American slavery should be taught- with historical accounts such as "To Be a Slave" by Julius Lester brought in. The accounts are so immediate and poignant, but there is still the cushion, the distance, of time. Also documentaries of current WORLD hunger and poverty. (This would also be a much more appropriate time to do the blue eyes/ brown eyes experiment, where the children have enough years behind them to be able to process the experiment for themselves, rather than being an exercise in how to manipulate children. They are much less likely to be traumatized long term by what they find out about themselves and others, and it can be cognitively as well as emotionally worked through. Maybe catch them at the beginning of the school year, when they will still be surprised. Quite an intro into slavery and holocaust studies, MUCH more valuable and educational than in doing it to little second graders, who still depend on us to protect their very much developing selves and belief in the inherent goodness of the world- who depend on us not to LIE TO THEM. Cheap shot, Jane Elliot. I would have truly kicked her ass if she had done it to my kids. And my kids are on the receiving end of racism. I still can't believe she did it to such little ones. I don't think at that point she had any children herself. The white hubris of that woman astounds me. Any teacher who believes he or she understands the emotional needs of a child better than that child's caring parent is a dangerous idiot. That's something people who haven't had kids MUST ACCEPT. You don't know, because you can't- you haven't done it yet. Be prepared for the righteous wrath of the parent if you cross that line on them. At it's worst and with the most sensitive children, it could be equivalent to a spiritual or emotional rape. There is a reason why we try to protect our children from the worst in ourselves as human beings until they are a bit older. It is a very strong drive because it is very important for their souls. It's no different than protecting children from traffic or fire or going into cars with strangers.)


Perhaps in the 7th and 8th grade a study of children and current gun violence. Child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault. Also, film documentaries of the holocaust. More on world issues and current wars. Also, of course, figures of hope, individuals and groups that have made a difference/ are making a difference.


Just a general idea of progressions : ).


High school, let 'er rip! Show the kids anything, as long as it's true.


Well, I'm pooped! That's it!


And the movie is STILL BUFFERING!!!!! Are you kidding? I pay $35 a month for this?

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