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Friday, August 19, 2011

[NOW YOU KNOW] Teaching & Learning Edition (Volume 1, Number 5)

NOW YOU KNOW - August 19, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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2. GRIOT'S CORNER (Homespun stories about what matters to me)
3. [NEW!] THE MIGHTIER SWORD (Food for thought in this hungry world)

1. BIG IDEA OF LEADERSHIP - WOLFISH SHEEP (OR SHEEPISH WOLVES). There are quite a few villains disguised as heroes, and probably just as many heroes who look like villains.

2. GRIOT'S CORNER. Look once, but think twice! Enjoy this classroom video clip! http://bit.ly/wiwihk_look

3. THE MIGHTIER SWORD. Many published articles are researched and written only to justify a preconceived position. Nevertheless, read with discernment to gain insight from other perspectives.

This article (forwarded by a friend and college classmate) reminded me that creating accountability (both in performance and in working relationships) and engaging in thoughtful, balanced civil discourse (especially with those determined to take one side of an issue or the other) is the only approach to positive change that I trust nowadays.

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools (from the Wall Street Journal - August 13, 2011)
Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out. To save our schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary teachers and their unions.

4. PUBLISHER'S CLEARINGHOUSE. This week's feature ...

A Teacher's Guide to HISTORhYmes

HISTORhYmes is a 1-2-week literacy activity that enhances reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills by using the creative imaginations of young people to present stories about historical and contemporary figures.

W.E.B. and Booker T.

(By Kwame' Baldwin, Gerzzell Carter, Tia Moreland, Ricky White, Jimmie Fair, and Derrick Brown)

(Chorus 1) W.E.B.
Founded the NAACP
'Cause he had a beef with Booker T.
'Bout how Black folks could be free

(Chorus 2) Now Booker T.
Wrote "Up From Slavery"
Used the money to fund Tuskegee
To create our Black bourgeoisie

W.E.B. called the "few and the bold"
To impart wisdom to the young and the old
Perhaps this theory is a bit oversold
'Cause are we really free, or have we just been paroled?

(Repeat Chorus 1, Chorus 2)

Now Booker T. said, "To lift up a man,
You take him from 'I can't' and teach him to say 'I can'
Teach him how to fish, put him down with the plan"
But does my business sense make me more than "less than"?

(Repeat Chorus 1, Chorus 2)

NOW YOU KNOW - August 19, 2011
Teaching & Learning Edition
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