World Wide Web: The Rethinking Schools Blog

Today we’re highlighting the Rethinking Schools’ blog for our weekly world wide web entry. I thought the timing was appropriate when I saw their latest post–Fists of Freedom: An Olympic Story Not Taught in Schools by Dave Zirin. Many of you will be going back to your classroom in the next week or so, and your students will soon follow with the Olympics fresh in their memories. Why not build on that? Use your students’ excitement to teach them something about the Olympics that they might not already know. It would be a great way to begin a year-long dialogue on social justice in your classroom.

The Rethinking Schools blog has a variety of resources and a search option to help you find the information you’re looking for.  They post teaching activities, information on issues in education important to teachers and parents, and discussions of current events among other things.  I hope you’ll check it out, and if you like what you see sign up to follow their blog!

6 thoughts on “World Wide Web: The Rethinking Schools Blog

  1. Just saw the post “Of course there are Latinos in the Olympics” on Crazy QuiltEdi
    (http://campbele.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/of-course-there-are-latino-olympians/ )
    and had to share it here since it’s connected not only to the Olympics but Latinos as well. Definitely some information that could be incorporated into a series of lessons on the Olympics. Among other topics, she shares links with information on Breakout Latino Olympians, 10 things you don’t know about your favorite Latino Olympians, History Makes Latino Olympians.

  2. I checked this site out (Rethinking Schools)! Those resources are good! I also found on the same website a resource for the Zinn Educational Project which had a FREE DVD documentary about Cesar Chavez and the migrant farmers. It has everything a teacher could want…you can search by themes or by dates….I searched using the word Latino/a There are free lesson plans included too! check out this website! there are loads of resources here to some are free and some are not but use the discount they are having!
    http://zinnedproject.org/posts/849

    • So glad you like the Rethinking Schools resources! I used their books and lesson plans every year I taught, they never failed to engage my students! We’ve also used them in our teacher workshops, and gotten lots of positive feedback. I really like the Zinn Education Project too–I’m planning on highlighting their resources as well in an upcoming post. Just in case you’re on facebook, both Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project have pages, if you ‘like’ them you’ll get updates about articles, teaching ideas, etc. It’s a quick way to find out what they’re working on and get new ideas.

  3. Just found another great blog resource for teaching about the Olympics! Rethinking Schools shared the following on their facebook page: “In her latest blog, Susan Gelber Cannon offers some thoughtful teaching suggestions about engaging students around the Olympics. Her proposed lessons include using Dave Zirin’s “Fists of Freedom” article that he wrote for the Zinn Education Project’s “If We Knew Our History” series.” She offers four different topics with classroom ideas and applications.
    Find her teaching suggestions on her blog at http://thinkcareact.blogspot.com/

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