High-school students received a global perspective by connecting as pen pals with peers attending a school for Tibetan refugees and families in India, educator Nancy Barile writes in this blog post. Barile, a high-school teacher in Massachusetts, shares some insights her students gained from the experience and offers five tips for teachers on managing such classroom projects.
Fifth- and sixth-grade social studies students at a Massachusetts school recently performed tribal cultural dances of Uganda. Godfrey Muwulya, from Uganda and visiting the school as part of a grant that promotes dance, taught students how Ugandan tribes use dance in everyday life and talked about customs practiced in the country.
The history of Lawrence, Mass., was on display for a group of high-school students and their history teacher during a recent tour of artifacts from the 1800s at Lawrence Heritage State Park. The items include medicine bottles and pottery uncovered at a site that was being prepared for a monument in memory of the Textile Strike of 1912. The visitor's center exhibit is part of the celebration of "Foundations of the Past" archaeological month.
Martha's Vineyard, Mass., social studies teachers Elaine Weintraub and Brian Scott recently led a group of high-school sophomores along what is known as the African-American Heritage Trail, which traces 25 key places and events on the island. Before venturing out for a first-hand look at the trail, students spent time in the classroom reviewing archival resources, such as census reports, newspaper archives and birth and death records.
Student Town Government Day in Dedham, Mass., was marked by 38 high-school juniors and seniors taking on roles on the Dedham's School Committee and within the town's other administrative departments. The students sat in on meetings, shadowed town officials, including restaurant inspectors, and got a taste for the operations of local government. Selectmen Chairman Carmen DelloIacono encouraged the students to take photos and share them online, adding, "Let everybody know what happens here."