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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 28, 2010 at 3:30pm —
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 —
Added by Crystal Nelson on October 28, 2010 at 12:30pm —
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 —
"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 —
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… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 27, 2010 at 5:03pm —
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 —
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 —
Telling a story by Mark J Biberg…
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 19, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Thoughts on Teaching History
By Mark J Biberg…
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 19, 2010 at 12:23pm —
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… Continue
Added by Sharene Barr on October 14, 2010 at 5:30pm —
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… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 14, 2010 at 2:31pm —
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,… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 13, 2010 at 2:27pm —
Existentialism and Education
I want to write a bit… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 13, 2010 at 10:45am —
What if the shoe were on the other foot?
Imagine that things were different (our lives, education systems, Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 12:33pm —
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…
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 11:42am —
- My visit to the Museum of Tolerance… Continue
Added by Mark J Biberg on October 12, 2010 at 11:33am —
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 —