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Around the Globe: France

posted on November 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Around the Globe: France

It’s Geography Awareness Week, mes chers élèves! Take your class on a virtual trip to France with this set of PBS LearningMedia digital resources – essays, lesson plans, images, videos – examining French history, society, culture and the lives of young people in France today.

This featured Global Learning & Diplomacy Collection explores France’s geography and landscape, government, significant events in French history, culture (arts and architecture, cuisine and fashion) and the history of U.S.-France relations. Your students will also get a deeper look at the French school system and experiences common to French children and teenagers through first-hand accounts from French students. 

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Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life

posted on November 13, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life

As we honor our nation’s veterans this week, bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history and health classrooms with this selection of videos, images and media-rich lesson plans.

This set of PBS LearningMedia educational materials allows your class to explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam while uncovering how these wars shaped American culture. Students will analyze artifacts and oral histories that reveal important experiences of a nation during times of conflict. You can use these personal stories to engage in a discussion of how the choice to become a soldier and the experience of serving relate to personal values and goals.

Clips from the PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore are featured and designed to help students explore their stories in-depth as they hear firsthand accounts from veterans who have returned home from war.

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Student Reporting Labs: Military Families

posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Student Reporting Labs: Military Families

There are more than 21.2 million veterans living in America today. Collectively, they served our country during the last six wars: World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.

There are also 611 U.S. military sites in 153 countries across the world. Some of these sites are bases where students and their families live, like the students featured in this video from PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Labs.

On Veteran’s Day, most Americans think of the men and women in uniform, but military life also has a huge effect on their children. To honor veterans and current members of the U.S. armed services, share this video with your class to demonstrate how their parents’ careers along with living on base has affected their lives. This lesson plan includes an interactive timeline detailing the different wars veterans have fought in, as well as a short clip about Veterans Day from the History Channel that explains what the day is about and why we honor our veterans. 

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TED Talks Education: "Build Relationships with Your Students."

posted on November 5, 2014 at 9:09 AM

TED Talks Education: "Build Relationships with Your Students."

“We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference,” says Rita Pierson, who has spent 40 years as a dedicated educator. The difference she refers to is not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives.

In her TED Talk, Pierson calls on teachers to build relationships with their students, no matter how challenging that may be. She shares examples of gestures large and small to bolster students’ self-esteem, down to how she marked a quiz that a student had failed.

Pierson shared one particular anecdote about she emboldened one of her classes. “I gave them a saying to say, ‘I am somebody. I was somebody when I came. I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here. I have things to do, people to impress and places to go!’ And they said, ‘Yeah!’ You say it long enough and it starts to be a part of you. . .” Watch Pierson’s inspiring talk.

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