Where to Find It
ROCK THE VOTE IN "DEMOCRACY CLASS" Civics education has never looked so hip, since Rock the Vote, an AFT partner, launched Democracy Class. Taught in more than 1,200 classrooms last year, guest teachers have included stars like pop sensation Jason Derulo, NFL All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman and Darren Criss from "Glee." Check out the nonpartisan lesson plan, which uses music, pop culture, video, classroom discussion and a mock election to get young people involved. Visit www.democracy class.com.
DIVERSIFY THE LIBRARY Looking for a children's book that will appeal to the diverse students in your classroom? The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Award names two: Tia Isa Wants a Car written by Meg Medina, and Same, Same but Different, illustrated by Jenny Sue Kosetecki-Shaw. The awards are named for Ezra Jack Keats whose landmark book, The Snowy Day, broke the race barrier in mainstream children's literature with Peter, a character of color. For more ideas, see the honorable mentions and past winners at http://bit.ly/w8aaXt.
NATIONAL JUKEBOX HISTORY Want to inspire students with pop culture circa 1910? Send them to ragtime recordings on the new National Jukebox (www.loc.gov/jukebox), where you can also stir them with President Taft's speech on prosperity, move them with Marian Anderson's rendition of "Go Down Moses" or wow them with George Gershwin playing "Rhapsody in Blue." The new audio treasure chest provides free online access to 10,000 samples of historic soundfrom jazz, blues and opera to patriotic speeches, yodeling and storytelling.
MOVING ON UP High school students are fascinated, and often worried, about what they'll do after graduation. The Department of Labor's new online career tool, "My Next Move" (http://mynextmove.dol. gov), can help them figure it all out. Would-be teachers learn they'll need bachelor's or master's degrees. Plumbers? High school, and maybe some college. A personality test helps direct those who are still deciding what field fits best.
HELP WITH OPEN RESOURCES Open educational resources (OER), which are available for free online, can offer creative, …
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Publication information: Article title: Where to Find It. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: American Teacher. Volume: 96. Issue: 5 Publication date: May/June 2012. Page number: 24. © American Federation of Teachers Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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