Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chinua Achebe "The Education of a British-Protected Child"

If you teach "Things Fall Apart" in your high school English course (and if you don't, you should consider it), you'll be happy to hear about Chinua Achebe's first published book for nearly twenty years, a collection of essays titled The Education of a British-Protected Child.

Read an excerpt here about the way we teach children about culture. You'll see that one of the greatest literary voices of our time is back at last, and, as ever, knows how to probe our brains in just the right way. Share with your students first thing next year!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Chanukah

We have students color in menorahs for Chanukah, and let them know that it's not "the Jewish Christmas." But we need also to let them know what the candles represent, and what Chanukah's meaning is rather than what it isn't.

Learn about the history of Chanukah and read contemporary poetry about its significance here:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

NCCSS Conference Registration Fee Reduced

If concern about the fee was keeping you from registering for the NC Social Studies conference in Greensboro, February 24-26, get our your calendar and mark the date. The NCCSS has lowered the registration fee from $90 to $65. Read more here.

The Social Studies conference is always a great opportunity to learn about new resources and teaching strategies, network, and meet teachers who are as passionate about global learning as you are. Please do come join us. I'll be presenting a session on Resources for Teaching World Regions (free resources, of course!). I hope to see you there!