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Assignment 11: Digital Divides
Due date: 12/6/2011

VIEW and EXPLORE the wiki Resources for History Students, a STANDARDS BASED WIKI, meaning that each page contains multimedia resources from multiple perspectives in history, all tagged with icons to identify if the material is primary documents, lesson plan, audio, video, women's, Black or Native American perspectives, as inclusive a range of source material to teach and learn Massachusetts History as are available. The wiki is in constant development through Bob Maloy and his students' work. This multimedia source is OPEN TO STUDENTS, TEACHERS, THE PUBLIC FREE for use.

http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/About+the+Wiki
http://resourcesforhistoryteachers.wikispaces.com/USI.26

View EduBlog's website, it is a group of people lobbying for schools NOT to block web access so students will be able to learn from the newest and the best that technology evolution and creative teachers can offer:

EduBlog Awards 2011, 1st runner up, resourcesforhistoryteachers best educational wiki.


LISTEN TO and VIEW a flipped approach to teaching and learning:
Salman Khan: Let's use video to reinvent education teachingwithted / Flipping the Classroom
View: What do our students think? Michigan's Clintondale High School has flipped

READ one important selection from Digital Divides wiki page
United Nations Declares Access to the Internet is a Human Right (2011).

WRITE journal entry questions for Tuesday 12/6
What is flipping?
Would you use this technique in your teaching?
How would you respond to this technique as a learner?
How might using a wiki with multimedia resources change your learning and the learning of the students you tutor?
What things did you not realize before reading, United Nations Declares Access to the Internet is a Human Right?
Answer 3 questions at top of Digital Divides wiki page.






Assignment 10: English Language Learners
Due date: 11/29/2011

LISTEN TO
NPR's (National Public Radio)
1963, Miami's Coral Way Elementary School switches from English to a bilingual biliterate teaching:
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/25/141584947/in-miami-school-aims-for-bi-literate-education

VIEW
An elementary school in Virginia uses the teaching method of Dual Immersion to give both its Spanish and English students an opportunity learn a new language as well as succeed in their native languages.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6PwrSSZ3co&feature=related
READ
The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, MA. is a local Dual Immersion language learning. Read about the school and the different language allotments for instruction.
http://www.pvcics.org/
http://www.pvcics.org/academics

Descriptions of the different methods for teaching bilingual students at the wiki page, English Language Learners.
http://teams-tutoringinschools.wikispaces.com/ELL

Try this: Could you Pass the US Citizen Test?

Test yourself online http://www.boston.com/news/nation/gallery/240108_citizenship_quiz/
Record how many questions you answered correctly and how many you did not.

WRITE
Journal entry for Tuesday 11/29-all questions on the top of the ELL wiki page.







Assignment 9: Special Education
Due date: 11/15/2011
READ
Study finds dyslexia involves difficulty with spoken language as well as written language.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/health/research/02dyslexia.html
What is dyslexia?
http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/developmental-reading-disorder/overview.html?inline=nyt-classifier
Special Education: Everything on the wiki page is for this week's reading.
http://teams-tutoringinschools.wikispaces.com/Special+Education

WRITE
Journal entry for Tuesday is all questions at the top of the wiki page.
http://teams-tutoringinschools.wikispaces.com/Special+Education






Assignment 8: Race and Racism

Due date: 11/08/2011

1. READ
Study finds widespread school segregation currently:
http://www.northeastern.edu/news/stories/2010/09/school-segregation.html


History Records Racism in Little League Play Offs
"Margot Theis Raven's stirring story recounts an episode from history that underscores the unfairness and injustice of racism, and illuminates the joy of triumph and change."
--CCBC Choices 2006
March 2000

Summary of the story, "Let them Play"
It was the summer of 1955 and many of the boys living in Charleston’s Upper Westside dreamed of being able to play in the Cannon Street Baseball Little League. This league was special because it was the only Little League that was all black. Of course Cannon Street teams could not play the other Little League teams because white and black teams were not supposed to play one another. In that time white and black people lived “separate but equal” lives. There was a feeling of unrest in the air though, a feeling that change had to come soon, and that this division between black and white could not last forever.
It was decided that an all-star team would be formed which would then, it was hoped, go to compete against the other Little League all-star teams. Why, if they won the regional tournament in Rome, Georgia, the Cannon Street All-Stars might even end up in the Little League World Series.
Soon the whole community was working towards this goal. The boys trained and played, the parents raised money, and they all hoped. Then the families heard that the state Little League director was not going to allow the Cannon Street All-Stars to play against white teams. He made such a fuss that the All-Stars where soon “the team nobody would play.” Coach Benjamin “Sink” Singleton wasn’t ready to give up quite yet though.
This bitter sweet account of the trials and hopes of a baseball team which was not allowed to play in a segregated America is sure to touch the hearts of readers and give them a real sense of how deep the deprivations of racism went. It is hard to imagine today that there was a time when a group of boys were not allowed to play baseball because of the color of their skin. Though this was not a battle that the Cannon Street All-Stars were able to win, they did manage to convince the crowds at the Little League World Series that they were a team which deserved to play.
Beautifully written, this is a picture book full of poignancy. It gives the reader a sense of history and a deeper understanding of what it was like to be the victim of racism. It also captures the love that many did and still do have for baseball, that quintessential American game.


Photos, primary documents that illustrate this incident:

Let Them Play by Margot Theis Raven

http://margotraven.com/books6.aspx


2. LISTEN and VIEW

Despite Interventions, No Show Students Drop Out
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/27/138575595/despite-interventions-no-show-students-drop-out
and
view the short video included in the transcript of this audio report.

3. VIEW
Black and White Wealth Accumulation Draws Farther Apart
http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/business/2010/05/19/am.romans.wealth.race.gap.cnn
Two videos about Urban Prep Academy in Chicago with 100% Graduation Rate for Black Boys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZnvFNBgFNA
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/living/2011/09/16/rowlands-urban-prep.cnn

Journal entry for Tuesday
Please answer these questions.
1. Did you realize the level of school segregation is higher now in America than it was in the 1970s after bussing and desegregation of schools ?
Were you aware of the wealth disparity between Whites and Blacks in America?
How do you think this influences school success for kids?

2. Reading the report and examining the chart contained in Study finds widespread school segregation, what 3 facts most surprise you?

3. The videos about Urban Prep Academy in Chicago, paired with the report, Despite Interventions, No Show Students Drop Out describe dedicated role models. Do you think you would apply to work in either of these cities' neighborhoods? What reasons influence your decision?






Assignment 7: Gender
Due date: 11/01/2011

If you did not listen to the following interview last week because the link was not saved correctly, please listen to it for Tuesday and in your journal tell us what you think of what the teacher did to this student and how it might have affected his mindset.
1. Listen to the 8 minute interview of Phil Shultz on NPR's
"How did someone who didn't learn to read until he was 11 years old and in the fifth grade, who was held back in the third grade and asked to leave his school, come to be a professional poet? The man who poses this question is also the one who can answer it - Philip Schultz. He won a Pulitzer for his work in 2007. Now, he tells the story of his coming of age with a learning disability, in a new memoir titled "My Dyslexia."

http://www.npr.org/2011/09/25/140783789/my-dyslexia-didnt-keep-poet-from-a-pulitzer

2. Examine two toy advertisements to see what is included for boys and for girls to discuss in sites.
https://www.kidoproducts.com/shop/good-things-boys-0
https://www.kidoproducts.com/shop/good-things-girls-0

3. Journal entry for Tuesday:
your response to the teacher's methods with Phil Shultz as described by him in the NPR interview
and
a reflection about your tutoring so far:
What have you been doing?
Are you using any of the strategies that we have explained in the course?
What have you done to encourage growth mindsets?
How has it been going?

Use the following heading for your journal entry.
Your name
Topic: Gender
Date
Tutoring Site
# of hours tutored so far






Assignment 6: WHOSE HISTORY
Due date: 10/25/2011

Tuesday, one activity will be conducting an interview with an author in one of the 1-2-3 times. So we are listening to an interview of an author by one of our former TEAMS tutors, Audie Cornish, now an NPR writer and broadcaster.
1. Listen to the 8 minute interview of Phil Shultz on NPR's
"How did someone who didn't learn to read until he was 11 years old and in the fifth grade, who was held back in the third grade and asked to leave his school, come to be a professional poet? The man who poses this question is also the one who can answer it - Philip Schultz. He won a Pulitzer for his work in 2007. Now, he tells the story of his coming of age with a learning disability, in a new memoir titled "My Dyslexia."
http://www.npr.org/2011/09/25/140783789/my-dyslexia-didnt-keep-poet-from-a-pulitzer

2. Read and view the history of Stonewall.
On our campus is the Stonewall Center, named for a historical place and event. Could you or I describe its historical context? Do we know anyone who could relate the occurrence personally?

The history of the Stonewall Inn in New York City is chronicled on the Public Broadcasting's American Experience.
Read the introduction: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/stonewall-intro/
View the trailer to the film: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/trailer/stonewall-trailer/


3. Click on the title to read The Importance of School Connectedness For Students
In 2 pages, answer the following questions. Please number the paragraph that corresponds with each of your answers.

PLEASE REFER TO WHAT YOU LEARNED FROM THE THREE RESOURCES ABOVE AND THE THREE RESOURCES FROM LAST WEEK'S ASSIGNMENT IN YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS.

1. If you were able to work in a school where the students were actively involved in creating safe, positive learning environments for everyone, what would you initiate or advocate for?

2. Knowing the importance of students wanting to feel safe, respected, and connected, what would you be doing as a coach, counselor, librarian, or teacher in this school to make these real? Think about creating growth mindsets, teaching to multiple intelligences, how you yourself might have liked learning better in school.

3. If you could imagine it, what might result if there were a choice of programs in schools and anyone could choose into these instead of tracking of students into courses?

Use the following heading for your journal entry.
Your name
Topic: Whose History/How Students Experience Schools
Date
Tutoring Site
# of hours tutored so far







Assignment 5: LGBT

Due date: 10/18/2011

1. View this 47 minute episode of MTV's series, If You Really Knew Me:

Granite_High_Bullying.png
http://www.mtv.com/videos/if-you-really-knew-me-ep-110-granite-falls-high-school/1648409/playlist.jhtml#series=2211&seriesId=30697&channelId=1

2. View and read these items on the Wiki page LGBT Students

Coming Out: Stories from youth and young adults

Open the link and read and view one of the stories there.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/23/us/20110523-coming-out.html

Hostile Hallways

Click the title above to link to the LGBT page with the synopsis of the report.

In 2 pages, answer the following discussion questions. Please number the paragraph that corresponds with each of your answers.

PLEASE REFER TO WHAT YOU LEARNED FROM THE THREE RESOURCES AS YOU ANSWERS THESE QUESTIONS.

1. If you have been in a school which has deliberately created safe, positive learning environments for ALL students would you describe how the school made it clear to students, staff, and visitors that this learning environment is the norm for the schoo

2. If you have been in a classroom where teachers promote safety and security among students, please describe how this was accomplished.

3. Is there a policy that you think might be effective in ridding a school of the put-down language common in the lives of students? (Use of the words gay, fag, les, as pejoratives, words "having a disparaging, derogatory, or belittling effect or force").

Use the following heading for your journal entry.
Your name
Topic: LGBT Students/Bullying
Date
Tutoring Site
# of hours tutored so far






Assignment 4: WRITING
Due date: 10/04/2011

Wiki page Tutoring Writing
Read the synopsis of Students' Attitudes Toward Writing in School
Read A Writing Process Fit for Young Writers


Write a poem at each of the different interactive poetry engines.
Scholastic Publishing Poetry Idea Engine
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/poetry_engine.htm

In 2 pages, answer the following discussion questions. Please number the paragraph that corresponds with each of your answers.
  1. Do you like to write? Please explain why or why not. Think of growth mindsets and multiple intelligences.
  2. What do you write for your own enjoyment and how often do you do this kind of writing?
  3. If you had to make a living by writing, what genre or type of writing would you be doing?
  4. Has your writing improved through high school and college? Why is this so?

Use the following heading for your journal entry.
Your name
Topic: Tutoring Writing
Date
Tutoring Site
# of hours tutored so far
or the number of hours spent learning 8 resources at http://www.delicious.com/stacks/shelfy
Writing a descriptive paragraph about each resource, what you learned and how that learning might help your tutoring.






Assignment 3: TUTORING MATH
Due date: 09/27/2011 at the beginning of class

Wiki page Tutoring Mathematics
  • Open the link, ADVANCE THE VIDEO PLAYER TO 12:30 in the video timeline, to view Dr. Moses and the Algebra Project.
http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/328/video.html


Use the following heading for your journal entry.
You name
Topic: Tutoring Math
Date
Tutoring Site

In 2 pages, answer the following discussion questions. Please number the paragraph that corresponds with each of your answers. #1 below has two questions: include your thoughts about both.
  1. What do you think might happen to the math learning if all students who are not succeeding were able to participate in The Algebra Project? What do you think would occur if all students could participate in such a program?
  2. After reviewing "Reading Coaching for Math Word Problems" which of these strategies might have helped you with learning math and if any of these are strategies do you think you might use in your tutoring?
  3. What are you thinking about math and yourself as a math learner after reading, "Kids Master Mathematics When They Are Challenged But Supported"?
  4. What are you wondering about both in terms of tutoring math and of tutoring in general?




Assignment 2: TUTORING READING
Due date: 09/20/2011

The assigment is these 4 items from the wiki page Tutoring Reading.
  1. View the video of Geoffrey Canada talking about his life in the South Bronx and the role of his friend, defender, Mike. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s868uG8BUuA&feature=player_embedded
  2. Listen to the first 13 minutes, the first half, of a podcast from This American Life, broadcast on National Public Radio, where Geoffrey Canada explains why he created the Harlem Children's Zone,http://www.thisamericanlife.org/sites/all/play_music/play_full.php?play=364.
  3. Watch the videos, part 1 & 2 from the Release Event, Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters http://datacenter.kidscount.org/reports/readingmatters.aspx
  4. Read the National Council of English position paper, A Call to Action: What We Know About Adolescent Literacy and Ways to Support Teachers in Meeting Students' Needs.

In 2 pages, answer the following discussion questions to help us understand, What is READING?:
  • Who reads?
  • What do you read throughout a day and a week?
  • What do you read on paper? on the computer? on a phone, iPod Touch, iPad?
  • What do you read that does not have words?
  • How did you learn to read print symbols?
  • What would you like to be able to read?
  • What strategies do you presently use to support students you might tutoring with reading?

Use the following heading for your journal entry about reading.
You name
Topic: Tutoring Reading
Date
Site Coordinator's name






Assignment 1: MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES AND MINDSETS
Due date: 09/13/2011

Read all of the information from the wiki page Tutoring in TEAMS including the information in the external links. Read and consider but do not answer on paper the In Class Discussion Questions at the top of the wiki page.

Read all of the information from the wiki page Multiple Intelligences and Mindsets including the information in the external links. Answer in 1 to 2 typed double-spaced pages the In Class Discussion Questions at the top of the wiki page.

Use the following heading for your journal entry
Paper Heading:
Name
Topic: Multiple Intelligences and Mindsets
Date
Assignment 1: Reading & Journal Writing