From Viewers Like You, Thank You

As I write this post, it is my last day here at WGBY, and it is quite bittersweet. On the one hand, I’m about to graduate and move out to the West Coast. On the other hand, I have cherished my time here and have felt I have become a member of the organization. Nevertheless, it is time to say goodbye.

Thank you to Bess, for your guidance and leadership this semester. I truly felt like I was contributing and that I was a vital member of WGBY. Thank you to WGBY as a whole, for giving me such a welcoming place. Thank you to Peter Pan Bus Lines, for without you, I would not have been able to commute from UMass to give everyone their posts.

And lastly, thank you, for reading. Thank you for taking the time to tune into the blog, for using the resources we provided, and for doing what you do. This blog is geared towards education, and so for all you educators, teachers, curriculum makers, etc., thank you. Thank you for inspiring young minds, thank you for teaching children about our world, thank you for ushering in the next generation of brilliance.

Thank you.

Lest We Forget

This panoramic image from Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names in Jerusalem is said to be Israel’s most important Holocaust memorial.  Its space suggests the magnitude of lives lost during a nightmare from which six million Jews would not awake.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is this Thursday on the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and PBS has many resources for viewers and students to learn and remember.

On Tuesday, April 30, at 10 p.m. WGBY airs the FRONTLINE documentary “The Last Survivors” about Britain’s living survivors, who were children during the nightmare. The film shares intimate interviews about how they have dealt with Holocaust memories and what it’s like to think about dying at a time when acts of anti-Semitism are rising.

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There’s a reason we do this: Teach Poetry

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

These famous words written by acclaimed poet Robert Frost from “The Road Not Taken” are from a poem taught to virtually every child in school. There’s a reason we do this: teach poetry.  It’s because the written word can be an avenue for creative expression.  Words can move us and change us through books, stories, plays, and, of course, poems.

This month is National Poetry Month, originally created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets.  Throughout the month of April, poets and poetry become the forefront of creative teaching, but just because the month is almost over doesn’t mean this form of art should no longer be taught.  We’re here to help make sure you can bring poetry to your students, wherever and whenever.  Continue reading

From Women’s History Month Into Poetry Month!

What a reason to be excited! In 1987, Congress declared March to be Women’s History Month, and there’s so much history to learn about. While March is about to end, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep teaching about the amazing contributions women have made to the world.

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3 Part “Live Learning Experience”: Empowering Young Media Consumers & Creators

How can we teach students effective digital literacy skills to empower them to be critical consumers of media and authentic storytellers?  Beginning February 28 at 7PM ET, you can join PBS Education for a free, three-part PBS “Live Learning” experience created by teachers, for teachers:  Part 1 | Teaching Students to Critically Analyze Media; Part 2 | Helping Students Create Authentic Stories; Part 3 | Amplifying Student Voices Across the Community.

PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each

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Love These Resources from PBS LearningMedia

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Ladybugs are unlikely to conjure images of love as do doves, swans and puppy dogs.  Many may think of ladybugs as harmless creatures that walk along window sills and occasionally take wing.  But this video from KQED San Francisco and presented by PBS Digital Studios shows them gathering after long winter flights to hibernate and find mates in a ritual that is sure to fascinate students.

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50 Years of Sesame Street — A Force for Good in 150 Countries

Regardless of the grade you may teach, please take a few minutes to watch this joyful Sesame Street Season 50 Anthem that launches a year-long celebration.

Sesame Street is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history.  As a recent press release explains, “Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the war on poverty, Sesame Street was created to answer a simple question:  could television be used to  Continue reading