Tag Archives: identity

Better People?

Cameron Paterson is a history teacher and the Mentor of Learning & Teaching at Shore School in North Sydney, Australia. In July I attended the Project Zero Classroom in Cambridge and I had the pleasure of participating in the ‘Slowing Learning Down’ workshop led by Liz and Carrie in which they shared the Out of […]

Connecting our lives to a bigger human story

As a former history teacher I have an ongoing interest in how young people think about the past. I am particularly interested in understanding how they think about themselves in relation to the past  – and how educators might tap into those ideas to help make history and social studies curricula more engaging and personally […]

Life Stories and Lessons About Life

In a previous post I described how participating students interviewed someone from their neighborhood aged 50 years or older (TAPPING INTO THE KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVES OF NEIGHBORS). In those interviews students gained a new perspective on their neighborhoods. They also learned about and from the life stories of those they interviewed. Given that students were […]

Stories We Inherit, Stories We Create

Stories can galvanize and inspire, soothe and amuse, root us in memories, and create bonds. Some stories we carry with us from lively conversations around campfires or cafeteria tables; some have their genesis in generations past, and are given to us by our families and communities.  But how do our individual stories relate to the […]

“The River of Culture”

We asked students in their first Edmodo post to indicate what they found most interesting or exciting about Paul’s walk and this project. We gave examples of their comments in this post: STUDENTS’ HOPES FOR PAUL’S WALK. Dami Seung, a master’s student in the Arts in Education program here at the Harvard Graduate School of […]

A Caravan of Walkers

In the first post of this blog I briefly explained how our learning community works: students post their responses to a weekly prompt for everyone in the community to see. They also go back and look at other students’ responses for the previous week(s) and leave comments or questions for one another. Although we originally […]