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Learning about the arts is also learning about the art of living, which includes being more vulnerable and brave when making mistakes or facing rejection.  You can find meaningful ways to weave art, music, theater and their valuable lessons into your teaching with cross-curricular resources (more…)

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“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”  Nelson Mandela

 

To understand the importance of forgiveness, middle school students do an exercise that helps the development of core values in this video from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values.  In addition to this video with teaching tips and related resources, PBS LearningMedia offers a comprehensive, standards-aligned lesson that begins with (more…)

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To mark the start of Women’s History Month, this week’s PBS LearningMedia content theme spotlights stories of women – across various disciplines – who have impacted positive change in their communities and around the world.  For example, inspired by American Experience’s The Abolitionists, a video and lesson plan allows students to examine the ethical dilemma that Harriet Beecher Stowe faced when she first witnessed slavery in Kentucky in 1833 and (more…)

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Should Black History Month be ended? That’s the question explored by African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman as he embarks on his cross-country campaign. Both amusing and thought provoking, More Than a Month from Independent Lens examines what the treatment of history tells us about race and power in America. Classrooms can use the guide and 1-3 day lesson plan without watching the entire film, (more…)

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Beginning Wednesday, February 4, at 9pm, the five-part series EARTH A New Wild takes a fresh look at humankind’s relationship to the planet’s wildest places and most fascinating species.  Produced by National Geographic Studios and hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, a leading conservation scientist, the series features footage from striking places on Earth and encounters between wild animals and the people who live and work with them.  The content and its themes from this fresh look at humankind’s relationship to earth’s other species can span the curriculum, and PBS resources abound (more…)

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As teachers work daily to prepare and work with students, curriculum development — however important — can seem overwhelming. Giving background information on the Model Curriculum Unit Project and showing how they’re created, this video highlights the backward design process used to create MCUs and discusses how teachers use first-hand knowledge of student needs in the process.

WGBH, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, wants you to know that whether you’re adapting or implementing the MCU Model or creating your own curriculum materials locally, the DESE has tools  (more…)

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This Friday, January 30, at 9pm on WGBY, Hugh Bonneville talks with actor Ralph Fiennes about A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s enduring appeal. Bonneville, who stars in Downton Abby,  started his career as an understudy to Ralph Fiennes in one of London’s Regent’s Park productions.  The Shakespeare Uncovered collection, along with a vast number of other Shakespeare resources, (more…)

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