Hello everyone! I am finally surfacing from an incredibly busy work
period, and wanted to at least share what I have been doing with everyone.
The Library work has found its way into a variety of informal
presentations at Teachers College: I have worked with the collection and
my students in my Study of History class, where we used the Civil War
resources and teaching ideas developed to discuss how students can work
with different forms of historical evidence; I have worked with the
collections used by Joy and Laura and by Frances and Barbara for oral
history projects in my Alternative Models of Social Studies Curriculum
class; I have presented the library's oferings to my student teaching
seminar; and later this semester I look forward to devoting a class of my
Alternative Models to a formal presentation of museum and library
collections resources to my Alternative Models class, in conjunction with
Eva, who will work with me to present our unit for teaching world history.
I have received good feeback from students thus far; they are impressed
with the collections and our work to make them teacher friendly. As future
teachers of a variety of subjects, they voice the need for an easily
searchable listing of lesson plans and ideas, perhaps opn the educator's
page. Working in the New York City schools there is a wide variety of
situations with regard to computer availability, which arises as an issue
particularly in terms of the visual images and the audio for oral history
purposes. However, the students seem to agree that the collection is
useful to them despite these challenges.
In the course I am currently teaching (Alternative Models) studetns are
creating curriculum units utilizing a variety of non-textbook resources.
At least one project involves American MEmory already. I will keep you
posted as these projects develop!