Archive for the ‘Discussion’ Category

The Pledge of Allegiance

March 30, 2010

I’ve always had an uneasy relationship with the pledge of allegiance.  I think this NPR article offers some interesting insight into the origins of many parts of the pledge. I have worked (and attended) schools that required it and schools that didn’t, as well as schools where students recite it faithfully and schools where students were reluctant to even stand.  What meaning did it hold for students and staff?  Was it an empty set of motions or an honest pledge of devotion?

What do you think?  Should kids be required to say the pledge at school?

School lunches – interesting link

March 26, 2010

A friend introduced me to a very interesting blog about school lunches.  I found this article particularly interesting, describing school lunches in Japan from an American perspective.

I have often wondered about school lunches at the schools for which I’ve worked.  Students came to school with McDonald’s or Dunkin Donuts in hand and negotiated with friends to get a ride there after school.  Admittedly, more often than not I also came to school with a DD coffee and a bagel.  Should I have set a better example for them?  Should I have banned fast food in my classroom– or would that have had any impact?  How much does economics play into food decisions? These are tough questions, but as child obesity is on the rise, we need to try answering them.

What can/should teachers do to promote healthy eating in their schools?

The Victorian Era through “1900 House”

December 15, 2009

A colleague of mine at FHS turned me on to the series “1900 House” that aired on PBS.  In this series, a modern British family lives the life of a Victorian family for a number of weeks.  It’s very interesting, but also fairly long and includes a tremendous amount of detail.

The Victorian Era as a concept is fairly nebulous and isn’t necessarily something that can be afforded a lot of time in the curriculum, but it’s interesting.  Can a DVD such as this one help?

Ice Breakers

November 26, 2009

It’s tough to get to know students as people and as learners.  What do you do to break the ice?