Quality Resource: PBS Learning Media

Are you looking for a free online platform designed to improve not only your effectiveness as a teacher but also the achievement of your students? Check out: PBS Learning Media As the site states, “PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.” Some of my favorite finds thus far: Waadookodaading: Ojibwe Language Immersion School (checkout theways.org for more videos like this one) What’s the Deal with Fossil Fuels?  Earth Days: Rachel Carson & Silent Spring Happy exploring and happy learning! Your Librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: The Ways

The Ways are stories on culture and language from native communities around the central Great Lakes. There are twelve stories in total and they were created for 6th – 12th grade audiences (and of course, adults). For this reason, be sure to watch the film in it’s entirety before sharing with your students or children so you’re a bit more prepared for questions they may have (especially if your students or children are younger than 6th grade). There are great resources to accompany each video to assist in your learning. The Ways were created to: Expand and challenge knowledge and understanding of contemporary Native American culture and language. Explore the role of language and culture in Native identity and community empowerment. Provide resources to assist in meeting Wisconsin Act 31 requirements and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Social Studies. Leverage digital media to support accessibility, engagement, and integration of learning resources in educational contexts. You can use them to fulfill a wide variety of learning objectives or simply to include something new based in culture and story. While I enjoy each and every one of these stories, three of my favorites include Waadookodaading, Hunting Deer, and Prayers in a Song. […]