Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!

Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown

My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Great Ways to Celebrate Black History Month!

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Spotlight on Black History Month

This month, infuse your lessons with personal accounts, newsreel content, and reenactment footage focused on the leaders, thinkers, and events that have helped shape our nation's history.

Digital Resources

Add dimension to your discussion of Black History by integrating these multimedia resources into your classroom:
Freedom Riders Challenge Segregation, Grade 6-12
Experience the bravery and sense of hope behind the simple but daring plan to deliberately violate the segregation laws of the Deep South.
A Walk Through Harlem: Finding Their Voice, Grades 6-12
What was The Harlem Renaissance? Hear about the birth of the social, artistic, and cultural movement that resulted from “The Great Migration” push from rural South to urban North.
Getting an Education, Grades 6-12
Learn how Percy Julian, the grandson of slaves, defied all odds to become one of the most important chemists of the 20th century.
The Civil Rights Movement, Grades 6-12
Use this overview to identify key milestones and figures in the history of the civil rights movement.
Rosa Parks, Grades 3-12
Listen to an interview with the civil rights activist that offers your students a primary account of being an activist and helping to spark a massive movement.
Who Was Jim Crow?, Grades 7-12
Identify the minstrel character that came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States.

Professional Development

This month, blend your interest in Black History with a professional development opportunity! Select a related digital collection from the Library of Congress and learn to navigate its resources through this popular online course:
INST342: Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Visit PBS TeacherLine for the full course catalog.

New & Noteworthy

PBS Celebrates Black History Month
Tune in to PBS during February to see an expansive slate of programs profiling the rich history, culture, and contributions of African-Americans. Specials include a story of the "Underground Railroad," an Independent Lens special on "Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock," a 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection "Slavery by Another Name," and an American Masters profile of "Cab Calloway."

Fizzy's Lunch Lab
A new season of Fizzy's Lunch Lab started Friday, Feb.3. Join Professor Fizzy and his friends in the super-charged Lunch Lab Test Kitchen for healthy snacks and lots of laughs. Watch episodes and play games on PBS LearningMedia or

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