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International Women’s Day, March 8th

We’ll kick off Women’s History Month with a word from Kristin Aune about the Feminist movement, an unflinching look at the various aspects that have marked the women’s rights journey. A surefire conversation starter first, then on to other posts offering some CommonSense and powerful female characters in literature. [EF]

When they hear the word “feminism”, few people seem to think of young women. They tend to see images from the past: suffragettes chaining themselves to railings, Emily Wilding Davison throwing herself in front of King George V’s horse or women wearing dungarees and not shaving their legs.

And that is the way the movement still appears to be taught in schools. When Catherine Redfern and I surveyed nearly 1,300 contemporary feminists for our book on the resurgence of feminism, Reclaiming the F Word, they told us it had been taught to them as something historical. Hearing about the suffragettes was inspiring, they said, but it didn’t give them much sense of connection to feminism today.

Yet the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” – and it’s an important one. Girls are, after all, the future, and they have the power to inspire others and change things for the better. Feminism needs to be seen as a current movement and one in which young women are pivotal. How can we engage young people with feminism in the 21st-century classroom? How has the movement changed? And where is it headed?

FULL ARTICLE:  International Women’s Day – Standing in the Way of Control

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How do you teach girls about body image?

Here’s a one-stop shop to help address body image issues: video clips that can be shared with students, tips for parents, and teachers – including a link to this famous “Dove – Evolution” video. [EF]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYhCn0jf46U

FULL ARTICLE:  Girls and Body Image

POST SOURCE: commonsensemedia.org

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Do you know what “wigger” means? And that’s just the start…

MUST READ! This article lays bare the tension between prejudice and racism and teaching – how do our own biases as teachers impact the conversation.  Regardless of your stance, this piece will evoke reflection.  First, you need to know what “wigger” means.  At the EdFive, we had no idea.  Secondly, the story of Lincoln Brown is also worth watching. [EF]

Lincoln Brown, a 48-year-old Chicago Public Schools teacher, has filed a federal lawsuit against the district after being suspended without pay for five days for using the “n-word” as a part of a lesson highlighting the “perils of racism,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports…

The incident occurred last October when Brown said he used the n-word after two of his students were passing notes with rap lyrics that included it, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit alleges Brown used the word during a “teachable moment” in the context of the book Huckleberry Finn in order to show how such language can hurt. But as the words left Brown’s lips, the school’s principal walked in to the Murray Language Academy classroom…

FULL ARTICLE: Lincoln Brown, Chicago Teacher, Sues For The Right To Say N-Word In Class.

POST SOURCE: HuffPost Education

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Mental Maps and the World

This week’s lesson plan suggestion comes from National Geographic. We’re all familiar with the upside-down maps of the world (McArthur’s probably most known version), but here are some other sample that could be used to teach math (proportions), political analysis (point-of-view), geography, and more. [EF]

Today I noticed a humorous map of the U.S. that highlighted the following of college football in every state, according to the institutions that had the greatest number of fans. I thought it was very clever and probably took a good amount of knowledge to draw up. For instance, in my home state of Virginia, the map shows a greater proportion of maroon (representing Virginia Tech) than blue (for the University of Virginia, VT’s collegiate rival) which is very true. Then I got to thinking about what it was that controlled how this informal cartographer decided to assign the appropriate amounts of school colors all over the 49 states–the absence of Alaska is conspicuous…

Beyond the world of NCAA sports, I remember seeing many maps created simply from a specific perception of the outside world, whether it was truthful (not usually), humorous, or meant as a way to spread awareness of an issue. Here are a few examples of other “mental maps” that I came across…

FULL ARTICLE:  Mental Maps and the World

POST SOURCE:  My WonderfulWorld Blog (National Geographic)

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How to make more ‘makers’ – and why it matters

Ever wonder how you could get the future artists, scientists, and mathematicians together at the same event?  MakerFaire is just that.  AND this little clip could also serve as one more marketing piece for the importance of what we’ve known for a long time: creative thinking is essential in all domains. [EF]

Joey Hudy, a young “maker” from Phoenix went to the White House this week to show off his project, the “Extreme Marshmallow Cannon.” When President Obama saw it, he told Joey: “Let’s try it.” Joey set up the air cannon, which uses a bicycle pump to build up air pressure, and put a marshmallow down the barrel. When he pressed the trigger, a single marshmallow was shot out across the room to the delight of everyone, but especially the president…

…Joey first came to Maker Faire – an event for “makers,” or people who make things with their hands – last year in the Bay Area and he brought the Extreme Marshmallow Cannon with him.

FULL ARTICLE: How to make more ‘makers’ – and why it matters

POST SOURCE: What’s Next – CNN

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