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This excerpt from The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross tells the story of Priscilla, a young girl purchased by a rice planter at a South Carolina slave auction. Searching for resources to bring black history alive this February (or any month), I discovered this video clip in 50 Resources for Black History Month, shared by PBS station KQED in San Francisco.  Thank you, KQED!

Among these varied resources for teaching and learning about African Americans  (more…)

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PBS KIDS has discovered that among Thomas & Friends many fans, children on the autistic spectrum love this program from Great Britain, which had its first broadcast in 1984.  (We’ve posted how an autistic child in our region has been helped by Thomas resources in school. Just search Thomas & Friends here on our homepage.)

Over this holiday season, WGBY is airing seasonal episodes of Thomas & Friends, including these 5 new ones beginning on December 12.   In addition to Thomas & Friends classroom resources from Thomas episodes, you’ll find a wide range of tips and activities for incorporating Thomas into an Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) classroom at (more…)

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On Sunday, December 11, at 9:00pm, WGBY premieres The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses, which continues the epic saga begun with the BAFTA winning 2013 Great Performances of The Hollow Crown.  Airing to great acclaim on the BBC this past May, one reviewer observed, “What [Director Dominic] Cooke captures is the scope, the daring and the savage headlong rush of the poet’s imagination. . .”

Amid this cast of acclaimed actors assembled for Great Performances: Shakespeare Live! from The Royal Shakespeare Company, Prince Charles makes his entrance in his official capacity as RSC President.  To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, The Royal Shakespeare Company hosted a glittering jubilee party that WGBY will premiere on Friday, December 23, at 9:00pm.

Shakespeare Live! will celebrate the international legacy of Shakespeare in all the performing arts — (more…)

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While a field trip to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans may not be in your lesson plans for next week, you can take students on a virtual field trip there with a special streaming event that allows them to explore museum artifacts related to the attack and hear witnesses recall the raid they experienced as children.

Live on December 7, 2016 at 10:00am and again at 2:00pm, WYES-TV/New Orleans commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by hosting this virtual field trip recommended for grade 5-8 students.

You’ll also find many resources on this pivotal day in history at PBS LearningMedia, where a search of  (more…)

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An educated electorate is critical to democracy’s health.  A New York Times article, Teaching Students That Judge Judy Is Not a Supreme Court Justice, reports that one of the most powerful judges in the Eastern United States, Robert A. Katzmann, chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, co-chairs a program that involves the entire circuit in assuming the role of “an engaged and approachable teacher.”

In the article he’s quoted as saying “Something like 70 percent of Americans can’t identify the Constitution as the supreme law of the land [and] ten percent of college graduates think that Judge Judy is a Supreme Court justice.”  The far-reaching program he helps to head — Justice for All:  Courts and the Community —  gives students opportunities to learn about basic legal practices and research, explore legal libraries, and even lunch with justices.  In addition, it edits high school law class curricula.

To assure students you teach know the basics about our courts and the law, you’ll find resources for everything from (more…)

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The statement “Black Lives Matter” has been offensive to some who fear it excludes the lives of others.  At the end of this video clip, Cornell West, Professor of Philosophy, explains the term’s intent to include the lives of Black Americans.  WGBY airs Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise on Tuesdays, November 15 & 22, at 8pm.  In this new documentary Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of black history — from Stokely Carmichael to Barack Obama, James Brown to Beyoncé — charting the progress made and raising hard questions about the obstacles that remain.

Footage from programs such as this along with support materials can help teachers engage students in challenging subjects such as race.  At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find classroom resources that help to address (more…)

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An article in last month’s NY Times, “Teaching Seventh Graders in a ‘Total Mess’ of an Election Season,” is still relevant even as the election season officially ends today.  In fact, one of the benefits of this challenging election cycle can be the examples it provides about the harmful effect of words and attitudes to our environment.

While the disturbing, even dangerous tenor set by a presidential candidate is beyond the control of the classroom teacher, teaching the importance of dignity and respect in an election and in the classroom is very much a teacher’s responsibility.  The tone maintained in the classroom, strongly influenced by teachers’ respect for students — even for the most difficult students — and the resources s/he chooses, sets a powerful example.  In fact, a setting infused with respect can help to diffuse disruptive attitudes and behaviors.

So, yes, it’s important to teach about this election cycle even as it becomes history, using appropriate examples that encourage thoughtful conversation about (more…)

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