I’ve embedded the video of his speech (he begins at the nine minute mark) at the bottom of this post. The written transcript isn’t available yet as I’m writing, but I’ll add it later today.
He talks a lot at the beginning about the importance of story-telling and what he says meshes very well with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular TED Talk, “The Danger Of A Single Story.” Many teachers use it in the classroom now, and I think portions of the President’s speech would be an excellent addition to those lessons.
You can find more info on that idea in two previous posts:
Watch The Debates lets you view all the Presidential debates since 1960, including clips categorized by subject. You can then indicate your thoughts about what is being said, and compare your reactions to others.
It’s unclear to me how quickly they will upload this year’s debates. Even if it takes awhile, though, it’s a very useful site for classes.
Mary projected a photo from our U.S. History book of Christopher Columbus that she had used in the typical PWIM process and then drew “quadrants” where students worked in pairs to expand the image to what they might imagine would be there if the picture was bigger. Student then applied the usual PWIM process to those new additions by identifying words and writing sentences about them.
Here’s the image (in retrospect, it probably would have been better to tape white paper on the text surrounding the picture so that students drawings were more clear. But, as Mary said, it was, nevertheless, “crazy and fun.”