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Distance Learning Resources (The Power of Journaling) – Part 2

28 May
Video source: John Spencer (Youtube) – John Spencer’s Website
Image source: @ValentinaESL (ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz) – Cult of Pedagogy
Many teachers and parents are seeking engaging opportunities and lessons for students during distance learning, especially ones that don’t require a technology or a device. One of my favorite activities is journaling. I have had students journal for years, and I have always noticed amazing growth in their writing and thinking skills. Whether you are journaling for yourself or for your students, I have been collecting resources during the past two months. Here are some of the best articles I have found on this topic. My top 10!
Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free (New York Times Learning Network)
Why You Should Start a Coronavirus Diary (New York Times)
My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule (Long Creations)\
How Keeping a Pandemic Journal Builds Students’ Historical Thinking Skills and Helps Them Cope (Mindshift)
12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times (New York Times Learning Network) – Great ideas here!
How Student Journals Can Spark Curiosity and Inspire Creativity in the Classroom (John Spencer)
Why Mundane Moments Truly Matter (New York Times Smarter Living)
How Dialogue Journals Build Teacher-Student Relationships (Cult of Pedagogy)
Student Journaling During Coronavirus (Facing History and Ourselves)
Innovative Ways to Make Coronavirus a Teachable Moment (Edutopia)

The Things They Carried (Vietnam War)

23 Aug

A brief introduction or overview of the Vietnam War.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail not only connected North and South Vietnam during a brutal war but also aided Vietnamese soldiers. The trail shaved nearly five months of time off of the trip and was used as a secret weapon of sorts. Cameron Paterson describes the history and usage of the infamous trail. Lesson by Cameron Paterson, animation by Maxwell Sørensen. This is a great video from Ted-Ed.

In Grade 11 IB DP Language (Literature), I am supporting an English language learner as he reads one of my favorite novels, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. I created this slideshow to enhance his understanding of the novel and the Vietnam War. I also found the novel translated into Spanish, his native-language. The teacher liked the slideshow, a work in progress, and shared it with all of his students. :>)

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