Monday, June 21, 2010

Ideas for Summer Teaching

Some of us are teaching this summer.  For the summertime teachers, here are these ideas from the NY Times for classroom activities and research.

(And those of us who are out of the classroom for now might take a look for ideas to use in August.)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Exploring Exchange Along the Silk Road Teacher Workshop

I know, I know.  You've just sat down for the first time this summer.  No sooner do you do that, but a great opportunity to learn comes along.  And it's free.  Here it is--

Exploring Exchange along the Silk Road Teacher Workshop 

June 29, 30, and July 1, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Explore cultural exchange as represented in Chinese, Indian, and Japanese art in the Ackland Art Museum. Area scholars will discuss geography, art history, intercultural education, and more through the exhibition "Art and Cultural Exchange along the Silk Road."

K12 teachers will examine selected works deeply, experience interdisciplinary teaching in the galleries, and develop new activities for the classroom.  Space is limited. Preregistration required. $30 registration fee will be returned to all participants at the conclusion of the program. Participants receive books and teaching resources and are eligible for 1.8 CEUs dependent upon prior approval from their school system or principal.

To register, contact Beth Shaw McGuire at or call 919-962-0479.

This program is made possible through a grant from the North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN), the Freeman Foundation, and the Ackland Art Museum.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Later this week, I'll begin a summer series of global resources to think about for next year.  But first I had to celebrate this family milestone with you. 

Tomorrow our son (our youngest child) will graduate from middle school.  Next stop--high school.  As my husband says, "the journey begins now." 

Our son's journey is already in progress, of course.  And yet the move from middle school to high school is huge. So much more independence and focus and hard work lie ahead for him.  But he's excited, and we are, too.

The big world lies ahead.  We're filled with pride and hope. Thanks to all our son's teachers for their wonderful support and challenge!