On this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers — the third in our summer series on the Gulf oil failure — Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim are joined by Chris Sloan and Andrea Zeller. We talk about building curriculum around the Gulf oil spill and other topics, wondering how to keep student self-motivated inquiry at the center of our work while also introducing topics such as the environment, art history, obesity, AP English, or the earthquake in Haiti and other current events.
- Chris Sloan teaches at Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City, and he is a member of the Wasatch Range Writing Project. He teaches digital photography, media studies and AP English. Chris, Paul and Susan and their students have been working together on a school-based social network, Youth Voices for the last six years.
- Andrea Zellner has been a frequent guest on TTT this summer, we are delighted to say! Andrea is a former high school teacher in Michigan, who taught both English and Biology. Currently Andrea works for the Red Cedar Writing Project.
- Susan Ettenheim teaches at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in New York City. Susan and Paul have been doing Teachers Teaching Teachers together for almost five years. Susan teaches computer arts, art, and digital photography, and she is the librarian as well. This year Susan is also teaching a Caribbean Art History course for the Virtual High School.
- Paul Allison teaches at the East-West School of International Studies in Flushing, Queens. He is also the Tech Liaison for the New York City Writing Project. Paul teaches English and he started a school/community garden this spring.
We hope you enjoy this conversation between four veteran teachers. Just as we build on each others ideas, we hope you build on ours and let us know what you are thinking in the comments below.
We invite you to join us each Wednesday this summer to listen to teachers from the Gulf and to hear how teachers are planning to bring these issues into their classrooms this fall.
Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.
16:36:36 mayra: can someone explain me what is that website for?
20:57:49 SusanEttenheim: hi andrea!
20:57:50 SusanEttenheim: welcome
20:57:57 Andrea Z: Hi Susan 🙂
20:58:10 SusanEttenheim: remind me where you are and what you teach?
20:58:22 Andrea Z: I am with Red Cedar WP at Michigan State
20:58:50 SusanEttenheim: can you join us on skype?
20:59:05 Andrea Z: As long as my wifi cooperates.
20:59:48 Andrea Z: I have my Skype up…
21:00:16 SusanEttenheim: what’s your skype id?
21:00:23 Andrea Z: Oh, sorry: andreazellner
21:01:17 SusanEttenheim: calling paul then you… can you heAR OK NOW?
21:01:20 SusanEttenheim: oops caps
21:01:33 Andrea Z: I can hear you guys talking 🙂
21:12:14 SusanEttenheim: Hi!
21:12:20 SusanEttenheim: Welcome!
21:12:38 SusanEttenheim: we’re talking about teaching about the gulf.. what’s happening there with you?
21:21:31 SusanEttenheim: hi hawkins
21:21:34 SusanEttenheim: welcome!
21:25:40 Hawkins: Hello Susan
21:26:02 SusanEttenheim: hi mfijor welcome!
21:26:09 SusanEttenheim: hawkins can you hear ok?
21:26:23 Hawkins: I can. Thanks.
21:26:31 SusanEttenheim: mfijor please introduce yourself! where and what do you teach?
21:26:56 SusanEttenheim: hawkins – and you? where and what do you teach?
21:27:41 Hawkins: This is my first visit. Tonight’s session will be on the drilling? I teach math at a community college in North Carolina, so I will leave for tonight.
21:27:52 SusanEttenheim: welcome!
21:28:05 SusanEttenheim: well actually we’d love to talk to you abou this!
21:28:12 SusanEttenheim: please stay for a minute!
21:28:28 Hawkins: Sure.
21:28:30 SusanEttenheim: I have a question for you!
21:28:41 SusanEttenheim: Are you along the coast?
21:28:49 SusanEttenheim: It’s beautiful there, right?
21:28:56 SusanEttenheim: in North Carolina
21:29:06 Hawkins: No, inland.
21:29:20 SusanEttenheim: ahh mountains?
21:29:36 Hawkins: Yes, along the coast. No mountains. Flat.
21:29:44 SusanEttenheim: ahh
21:30:04 SusanEttenheim: do you feel compelled at all to include the coast disaster in your math teaching?
21:30:17 SusanEttenheim: say, for instance in word problems?
21:30:53 Hawkins: No, because I teach adults who have families and watch TV.
21:30:58 SusanEttenheim: wow
21:31:11 SusanEttenheim: so do you think they are following it on the news?
21:31:28 SusanEttenheim: by the way, do you have skype?
21:31:29 Hawkins: Who is not?
21:32:03 DBragg: As the school year ended, I talked to my parenting student about how to discuss this or other major events with your children
21:32:17 Hawkins: I do Skype, but I won’t tonight because I am going to leave. Thanks.
21:32:28 SusanEttenheim: ok well thanks for chatting
21:32:58 SusanEttenheim: dbragg are you using it in your teaching?
21:33:09 SusanEttenheim: how does the oil spill connect with you?
21:33:36 Andrea Z: http://newstrust.net/
21:34:51 DBragg: I teach a Parenting class so I have talked with students how they would deal with a major tragedy if they had children
21:35:18 SusanEttenheim: ahh interesting!
21:35:26 SusanEttenheim: thanks andrea for the link
21:35:26 DBragg: We look back at some recent events and what they knew and was that good
21:35:37 DBragg: or frightening
21:46:38 DBragg: Chris’ point about the narrative is what makes living history museums so popular
21:49:04 SusanEttenheim: dbragg – everything went dead!
21:49:09 SusanEttenheim: can you hear us now?
21:50:13 DBragg: yes, I can hear you again
21:50:16 SusanEttenheim: great thanks
22:02:15 DBragg: ANd they don’t see changes that they can make that will help
22:03:16 DBragg: Is the art work a response to something that was happening in the artist’s world?
22:04:28 SusanEttenheim: thank you!
22:04:38 SusanEttenheim: will you come on skype sometime?
22:04:39 DBragg: you’re welcome
22:04:44 DBragg: sure
22:05:33 DBragg: I’ll be away next week – but I will be around the rest of July
22:06:11 SusanEttenheim: let’s turn on your skype one week?
22:06:24 DBragg: ok
22:33:45 C Fahnoe: Now I am here!