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AMFELLOWS  July 1999

AMFELLOWS July 1999

Subject:

Re: 99 institute

From:

Debbie Abilock <[log in to unmask]>

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American Memory Fellows <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 8 Jul 1999 00:00:51 -0700

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Hi Judith (and everyone):

I think the level of expertise rises with each succeeding group...I know
that this year's bunch will start way ahead of where Cynthia and I were.
Thanks, of course, to your own continuous improvement cycle, the level of
understanding in the country about the use of primary sources, and the
quality of the candidates you get!

This sounds like a platitude, but I would also like the teams to know what
a wonderful year-long journey it has been.  Worth the effort...  Your
support, your willingness to go the extra mile all along has been a
lifeline for us!

Looking back, I realize how my own knowledge and sophistication has
increased as a result of the trial run with kids, the reflection about
what might have been/could be/will be.  I'm now planning an oral history
project next year with a different team and different age group, but it
already feels as if I'm so much more comfortable with the
possibilities...and this comes from a person (me!) who has YET to do a
curriculum with any repeated regularity...since our school asks teachers
to develop curriculum each year!!!

I would also suggest that the teachers come with open minds about
historical inquiry, in terms of what they can ask of kids.  I am learning
that I can expect a greater level of constructivist learning if I DO
expect it...kids CAN...and DO!

At the risk of waxing sappy, I want to thank everyone at AMMem who has
helped us, whether it was in the wings figuring out logistics or up front
helping us vision.  You're like a orchestra...and the music is lovely!
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Debbie Abilock              "It is important that students bring a certain
The Nueva School            ragamuffin barefoot irreverence to their studies;
6565 Skyline Blvd.          they are not here to worship what is known,
Hillsborough, CA 94010      but to question it."  (Jacob Bronowski)
[log in to unmask]  http://www.nueva.pvt.k12.ca.us/~debbie/overview.html
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On Wed, 7 Jul 1999, Judith K. Graves wrote:

> Hi Fellows,
> As you know the 1999 institute is less than 2 weeks away. This is your
> chance to speak to them.  Think back through your experiences with American
> Memory and *the lesson*....
>
> What would you like to say to them about developing a lesson?  What advice
> would you give?
>
> What would you like us to say to them as new Fellows, meeting each other
> and us Library folk for the first time?  What advice would you give them to
> help them make the best use of the week?
>
> Mike Federspeil and I will have one-half hour on Sunday to talk about
> lessons and expectations.  We would be happy to pass along the voices of
> Fellows who've been there, done that.
>
> So, sweep those summer cobwebs aside and think pithy and sage for a few
> moments and send those comments!
>
> Thanks,
> Judy, m.h.
> ps - yesterday was 104 degrees; today is not supposed to break 100 (we'll
> see).
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Judith K. Graves
> Educational Services
> National Digital Library Program
> Library of Congress
> Washington, D.C.  20540-1320
> [log in to unmask]     (V)202/707-2562   (F) 202/252-3173
> http://learning.loc.gov/learn/
>

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