I am reminded of an interaction with sixth graders participating in a group research project in my history class. Students were engaged in long-term research of a country in the Americas. After weeks of research, we history teachers “hired” the student research groups as tourism companies charged with designing five-day tours to explore the geography, history, and cultures of the particular countries they were researching.
- The diverse cultures of the Americas (North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean) are the result of the interactions among Native American, European, and African cultures that began in the 1400s and continue today.
- Research requires cooperation, determination, and creativity and is even more meaningful when student researchers have a real-world task and present their work to an audience.
- Travel helps us learn about cultures’ similarities and differences…. experientially!
--Susan Gelber Cannon
- Thom Markham’s blog: “Do You Have the Personality to be an Inquiry-Based Teacher?”
- Sue Cannon’s book (at IAP): Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future http://www.infoagepub.com/products/Think-Care-Act
- Sue Cannon’s book (at Amazon): Think, Care, Act: Teaching for a Peaceful Future http://www.amazon.com/Think-Care-Act-Teaching-Education/dp/1617354260/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386714757&sr=1-1&keywords=think%2C+care%2C+act
- Nel Noddings’s book: The Challenge to Care in Schools http://www.amazon.com/Challenge-Care-Schools-Alternative-Contemporary/dp/0807746096/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386714689&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Challenge+to+Care+in+Schools
- Parker Palmer’s book: The Courage to Teach http://www.amazon.com/The-Courage-Teach-Exploring-Landscape/dp/0470580704
- Paulo Freire’s book: Pedagogy of the Oppressed http://www.amazon.com/Pedagogy-Oppressed-Anniversary-Paulo-Freire/dp/0826412769/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386718204&sr=1-1&keywords=pedagogy+of+the+oppressed
- William Damon’s book: The Path to Purpose http://www.amazon.com/The-Path-Purpose-People-Calling/dp/1416537244
- Thomas Lickona and Matthew Davidson’s book: Smart
& Good High Schools