Podcast #17 – Telling Tales
How much “truth” do we tell kids?
Are “myths, fables, and other good story constructs important? Horodotus vs. Thucydides Just the facts or don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story?
How do we teach kids to be good critical thinkers whilst still keeping up good stories?
With the advent of YouTube, and other web pages, how do we teach kids to think critically and still keep alive “fables”?
– The use of allagory in teaching? General Guidelines for Teaching with Folk Tales: http://www.ferrum.edu/applit/studyg/studygfolk.htm
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Authority- how does this fit in to the picture?
– J.R.R. Tolkein & The Lord Of The Rings series
– C.S. Lewis & The Chronicles of Narnia series
– Aesop and “Fables”
– Bill Bennett and his series on American Tales
– Davy Crocket Folk Tale
– Dr. Jan Brunvand: Urban Legends
TRY YAHOO FOR TEACHERS (BETA)
We mentioned Yahoo’s upcoming social network for teachers in
September – and we’ve been checking back from time to time to see
what progress, if any, might have been made. We were intrigued,
frankly, by the idea of a professionally supported social network by
and for teachers. Yahoo has now posted its “beta” version (meaning
“we haven’t worked out all the kinks but would love for you to try it
out”). So try it! One cool feature – any posted lesson plans or
teaching ideas can be rated by users and you can see the items with
the highest ratings (and the most downloads) easily. There’s no cost.
To get into the beta edition, you’ll need this info: username –
yhallpass / password – g0bbler (that’s a zero, not the letter “oh).
Check out all the features and tell them what you think. – Source: John Norton MiddleWeb email newsletter.
Note: This is a beta project. Many areas are under development and navigating is still a little clunky. There are a lack of people on the site yet and so the social networking side of things hasn’t quite taken off yet, it appears.