I’m headed off to Houston, Texas for a few days to attend an International Baccalaureate training. Our diverse inner-city high school also includes an IB program, and next year one of the classes I’ll be teaching will be “Theory of Knowledge.” That, along with my regular ninth-grade English and Intermediate English classes, should make for an interesting year. (If anybody has any suggestions on resources that will help me be a better “Theory of Knowledge” teacher, I’m all ears!)
Since I don’t have a laptop, and prefer yellow legal pads to take notes, I may be disconnected to the Internet until I get back. I’ve got a few posts scheduled to appear while I’m gone, but I won’t be responding to comments very promptly.
I do dread having to catch-up on my Google Reader…
Have a good trip. Catching up on RSS feeds is the only bad part of a vacation. It’s tempting to click “mark as read” and get caught up that way, but I’m always afraid that I’ll miss something good.
I teach philosophy at a Magnet program in Reseda, CA. I have lots of great information for the history of thought in Western Civilization from the pre-Socratics (e.g. Pythagoras) to Karl Marx. If you are interested, I would be happy to share this information with you.
Also, you should check out Roger Taylor’s BER seminar on gifted education and go to his website. He has over 80,000 pre-prepared thematic units on just about every subject you would want to teach. I download them, and then pick and choose the information that I want. I then tweak it and design projects for the students based on the information from his lessons. It is an amazing resource. The audio seminar is at http://www.ber.org. His website is http://www.rogertaylor.com.
I hope that helps! Thank you again for your amazing resources. I have shared them with our ESL coordinator, and he is a huge fan now, too.