It is a geeky Friday for these two teachers as we work with professors, students, and collaborators at Metropolitan State University today to discuss what tools their students will be bringing to the classroom as freshman. Along with the Haiku Deck above- here are some other resources we are sharing:
For the fifth year, teachers and friends gathered before dawn to honor our country and Constitution Day by placing 100 flags ( Or thereabouts) around the entrance to our school. It has been a reminder to not only the community, but the students, of the importance of our rights and responsibilities as a nation. It is amazing the response. Even this morning in the dark, joggers thanked us for allowing them to jog by the flag, and a dog walker said they were taking an extra loop around the field to enjoy the feeling of patriotism.
For these two teachers that is part of it.
Even more, it is a visual reminder and honoring of what our forefathers laid ground with so many years ago those ideals that ask us to honor our nation, collectively work for good, be a responsible and active citizen, work to eliminate injustice, and be proud to be an American.
Today are you teaching about Constitution Day? Join in using some of these resources to bring this document and civic learning to your classroom!
As you consider the impact of labor in the United States and around the world this Labor Day, tuck away this resource for reference. We have compiled a list that makes these websites easily accessible for future reference. This gives us, and hopefully other teachers, a great way to find primary sources on labor relations and the story of labor. This is far from an exhaustive list but rather one that we find useful after several years of heavy duty bookmarking! Enjoy and thanks for teaching...
Labor Day. A day when many rest, but is a creation of the labor movement and is "dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." This year a little known and studied site has been honored in awareness of the struggles of labor not only in Colorado, but across our country. Ludlow National Historic Site was a site of tragedy on April 20, 1914 where 19 men, women, and children were massacred in a labor dispute between men trying to join the United Mine Workers of America, and the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company. Today, this massacre remains in the hearts of many Coloradans, especially the descendants of the massacre itself. In Colorado, and elsewhere, it is a story not often shared in schools.
In honor of Labor Day we are sharing resources to study this important site in Colorado which also connects to the national study of labor. Check them out. They are broad and narrow, rich and thoughtful, and provide a distinct starting point for conversation, one that is still important today.