1. To do again...
Marta Brooks repeated some excellent advice from Randy Bass
at the '98 Summer Institute: the best learning (and the rarest, in
curricula driven by AP content objectives) will come from assignments
where students must slow down, look longer and more closely at
fewer images, and come up with a question for every observation.
However, I found it hard to limit my attention to the
handful of items I had pre-selected from one collection once I heard
and saw the many new exciting items and ideas at the Institute.
New folks: trust your initial hunch and track down the staffers
and/or former Fellows who can help you. You WILL find someone who
can quickly link your one simple lesson activity to related
items/concepts--and give it the expandability you want it to have.
2. Tales from ...
Meeting the curators and seeing their fervor for the objects in
their care was my high point. I get a rush now every time I come
across another new collection online, knowing there's this love
affair going on in the stacks between these images and one of the
3. Good People, Good Resources..
Many talented minds and teacher-mentors. I'm a great big fan
of Betty Brown, who set up an appointment outside Institute hours for
me to look for recordings from Arkansas in the American Folklife
Center at the LC. I found songs by the grandfather of one of my
best friends who now has a copy! He had never heard his
grandfather's voice. Once again, the power of primary sources....