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October 2010 Blog Posts (47)

Hic Multa Desiderantur

I showed my Alaska Studies students two film versions of the same topic--normally I would not spend time having them watch videos on the virtually the same content--but I was struck by the differences between the two. Both dealt with the Klondike gold rush and both had their merits, but in the earlier version (by about 20 years) the native perspective was conspicuously absent. The later version mentioned Native Tagish Indians by name (Skookum Jim and Tagish "Dawson" Charlie) and credited them… Continue

Added by Karen Michele Beranek on October 28, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Mediators Burning Question

Another LCP idea is to teach my students about mediators like Juan Ortiz. "In what ways can I teach my students about the importance and history of significant mediators that helped build a bridge between Native Americans and European settlers?"

Added by Crystal Nelson on October 28, 2010 at 9:35pm — 1 Comment

Thinking about learning communities By MJB

I was thinking today about learning communities and wanted to get some of my thoughts down on paper. (I guess not paper actually). Sometimes writing about what we are thinking helps us to expand about our thoughts and the creative process of thinking and writing in real time (blogging) can learn to new ideas that one may not have thought of if the process were confined to thinking without the writing.

The idea of learning communities obviously is not new, but in our…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Burning Question Number 1

Beginning my first LCP - and this is my working "Burning Question" at the moment.

"How do I encourage dialogue in my classroom?"

I am thinking that I will need to focus it a bit - it seems pretty broad at the moment. Thoughts?

Added by Eric Ellefson on October 28, 2010 at 12:52pm — 1 Comment

Story Telling Resources

PBS Circle of Stories http://www.pbs.org/circleofstories/
Personal History Story http://www.pbs.org/circleofstories/educators/lesson3.html
Alaska Native String Stories http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJJPULFwl60


Added by Crystal Nelson on October 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Visit with my mentor

Ryan and I had a wonderful visit on Tues and Wed with our mentor. She flew in from Juneau to give us support as first year teachers. She is Inupiat and was raised in Kotzebue. She also taught there for 6 years, but now resides in Juneau. As I visited with her, I became more aware of the need for me to teach my students about Native people in Alaska as well as the rest of the US. The subsistence lifestyle that she was raised in is fascinating and industrious. I asked her to take part in one of… Continue

Added by Crystal Nelson on October 28, 2010 at 11:52am — 1 Comment

Burning Question

"In what ways can I help my students connect with Native American people and their history through their (Native American) story telling?"

Added by Crystal Nelson on October 28, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

the process of reflection

Reflections on Collaboration

By Mark Biberg

We met for collaboration (via Elluminate) time today and our moderator (a colleague who had just returned from a tech conference) challenged us to think about our…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 27, 2010 at 5:03pm — 2 Comments

Formline Design

Today I asked some of my middle school students what they knew about natives in our area of Southeast Alaska. They didn't have much to say. I asked them if they knew what totem poles were and if they were familiar with formline design. They didn't know what formline design was and knew very little about totem poles. It seems that I have discovered an area that needs to be explored.

Added by Crystal Nelson on October 20, 2010 at 6:37pm — No Comments

Story Telling

I shared the story told by Handsome Lake to my class of pre-K through 10th grade. My older students grasped many of the ideas in the story, but it was too much for my younger students. I shared the Navajo story about the Spider Witch with my pre-K through 3rd grade and they loved it. Because my younger students loved the Spider Witch so much, I am going to keep exploring the theme of story telling and teach them more native stories. I am also in the middle of a unit on subsistence living and am… Continue

Added by Crystal Nelson on October 20, 2010 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Telling a story and the oral tradition of Alaska's Native People.

Telling a story by Mark J Biberg…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 19, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

To know what we know about the past.

Thoughts on Teaching History

By Mark J Biberg…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 19, 2010 at 12:23pm — 3 Comments

Herstory

My beautiful, black, longhaired Clea and I were moving again, the third time in seven long months. The brilliant stars were dancing in the sky. In Oregon, there were too many city lights to see this majestic display. In my life, I do not remember ever seeing this many stars. I also hoped to see the legendary Northern Lights for the first time.

The white school pick-up truck was loaded by all of my newly acquired student fan club. They were sad that…

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Added by Sharene Barr on October 14, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Process of Becoming a Teacher By Mark J Biberg It was a process that I went through…….I did not just decide one day to become a teacher. When I was young, education was not stressed. There was …

The Process of Becoming a Teacher

By Mark J Biberg

It was a process that I went through…….I did not just decide one day to become a teacher. When I was young, education was not stressed. There was an idea that I should do well in school, but beyond that my parents…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 14, 2010 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

All the Fish in the River: An Essay on Assessment by Mathew Miltich

I re-read one of my favorite essay's last night. It is on assessment in general, but the heart of the essay is on the essence of teaching: the interaction between teacher and student.

Money quote from the essay:

"I've come to think of myself as like a fishing guide on a wonderful wild river, where the current is swift and difficult to negotiate, into which I wade with my learners to teach them how to navigate the stream and how to cast a fly to the bright fish,…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 13, 2010 at 2:27pm — 1 Comment

Thinking about why we learn......about our roots and basis for learning.

Existentialism and Education

I want to write a bit…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 13, 2010 at 10:45am — No Comments

What if by Mark J Biberg

What if the shoe were on the other foot?

Imagine that things were different (our lives, education systems,

historical…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Eurospring and Oxford

Learning outside the classroom



When I studied at Oxford University in Oxford (Oxfordshire) England in the spring of 1996 it was not only the high point of my undergraduate…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 11:42am — No Comments

A field trip during my first year of teaching

- My visit to the Museum of Tolerance…

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Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 11:33am — No Comments

Random Post

Sitting in a gym at 9 pm, watching a pick-up basketball game between the HS boys and the City League team. Enjoying getting set up for this class.

Added by Sharene Barr on October 11, 2010 at 9:07pm — No Comments

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