Category Archives: Teaching

Teaching for Social Justice through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS Using Collaborative Ethnography as a tool and strategy, we’re helping K-16 and community educators learn to design compelling curriculum experiences that are centered on the people, issues, and culture of their own local community. Collaborative Ethnography provides … Continue reading

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Teaching for Social Justice Through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. We’re building a community focused pedagogy K-16. It’s all here and they said it so well. Join us for the … Continue reading

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Through The Personal Lens: Reconceiving Language and Education

BY HECTOR J. VILA, PhD Hector J. Vila is an Assistant Professor in Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been teaching writing in urban and rural environments since 1985. Hector is the author of Life-Affirming Acts: Education as … Continue reading

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Engaging Children Through Playful Learning: A Case Study

By PENNY ALLEN and MATT DILLER Common sense tells us, when we do what we love, we do it well.  When work is fun, we are more creative, we are more thoughtful, and we want to keep building upon that … Continue reading

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Not a Chain Link or a Picket Fence: Social Justice Pedagogy in an Urban Garden Project

By TARA AFFOLTER Tara Affolter is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. She has spent the bulk of her career in high school classrooms, teaching English and theatre and working for social justice … Continue reading

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Imagining the Possible, Then Making it Happen

By PAULA COHEN Paula Cohen is a veteran 2nd grade teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District. Most of my teaching career, I have defied the book. I’ve strived to put learning in context, connect students to issues in the community … Continue reading

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Dispelling the Myths of Reflection

By CARRIE WILLIAMS HOWE Carrie Williams Howe, MEd is the Interim Director of the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) at the University of Vermont. She works primarily with faculty and students in academic service-learning and community-based research. A member of … Continue reading

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Nature Journals: An Enduring Marriage of Art and Literature

By DEB CROWDER Deb Crowder has taught elementary, junior high and high school art, and has been a senior high art teacher at Monadnock Regional Junior-Senior High School in Swanzey, New Hampshire for the past twenty-one years. She recently completed … Continue reading

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Dynamic Landscapes, Dynamic Learning

By SHARYL GREEN For me, integrating technology into the curriculum has been adventurous, exasperating, humbling. At times it’s both an out-of-body experience and a zealous rush. I succeed at it because I’m surrounded by twenty, eager third graders, two fine … Continue reading

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“If These Walls Could Talk…” An Inside Look at Children’s Learning

By CAROL BERNER “If these walls could talk they would say, ‘where have all the little children gone’?” Fifth grader Brian proudly showed his model of a one-room schoolhouse—the former Conway Grammar School—to an audience packed with elementary school children. … Continue reading

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