The Ideas Behind This Course
I think some of you would like to know where I am coming from. What is the point of what I am doing? I feel strongly that, if the students in school and college, do something with the information they have gained from each unit, their knowledge of the information will stay with them. That is why I suggest a personal journal in which a student thinks about the work done in different times during this course. In addition, if, as an individual or a team, students create something, a painting, a pot, a sculpture, using the rules of the unit,this will embed the information in them. If possible either alone or in a class the music of the period should be heard in the background. I think that if the music is added to the course the student will remember what he or she learned years ago.
We do have flutes dated about 7,000 B.C. in China and Europe. They were made from the bones of long legged birds. If the students are studying the art of Mesopotamia, the sound of a rams horn would be appropriate as would be that of a stringed instrument since we have examples, of harps from the Treasure of Ur. We hear, we see and we look more deeply. This rich an environment weaves information that is merely covered superficially into deep knowledge which stays with the learner.
It is my hope that the information found here will be used in many ways. The content is global.,and can be used by history teachers as well as teachers of literature. As long as my email is here you can engage with me. I would like to know how you are using the information: does this site add to your personal e-library, are you actually going to make something? Take a digital photo and send it to me. That would be wonderful. I would like to post images of work done by the learners using this site.
Katherine Bolman, BS, MFA, MEd, MSW, EdD.
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