Filmmaker Emiko Aono introduced this approach to participants in the media working group of Labor Now, the Tokyo-based labor research and activist group. (www.jca.apc.org/labornow) I have doubts about the theoretical project of overcoming the difference between spectator and performance, especially since reading Ranciere's Emancipated Spectator. But I think this technique is perfect for practicing the attentive seeing and verification that is central to emancipated learning. For more information see http://remoscope.net/
In the 1980's in NYC I first heard someone use the term "she-roes" to emphasize the role of women in history and society. Not being so interested in the concept of "heroes" -- I believe with Debs that people have waited too long for some Moses to lead them out of bondage, waiting for a Joan of Arc to lead us out is equally problematic -- I didn't think much about the term. But it stayed in my mind, like an advertising jingle or a virus. The fact is, I use figures like Debs to orient myself, to represent my aspirations, to express that which I dream of being in some way.
Huge collection of Freire's work and other work by popular educators online for free. What the internet is supposed to be.
"o Centro de Referência Paulo Freire (CRPF) se dedica a preservar e divulgar a memória e o legado de Paulo Freire. Possui caráter público e de livre acesso, onde é possível ter contato com textos, imagens, áudios e vídeos relacionados ao educador e também com alguns de seus objetos pessoais."
Teaching is the best way to learn. Why? Because what we call teaching is usually a combination of actions, attitudes, and responsibilities that make for good learning. The teacher is fully engaged and active, often acting with strong motivation, clear goals, and a sense of responsibility not just for the material and her/his own action, but also for others and for the group as a whole. "Student," on the other hand, often describes a very limited range of activity.
The American Social History Project is a rich source of material and teaching ideas/tools. "American" here means USA, mostly, but the building of "America" is one of the themes they explore well.
I still meet people who got their labor history through Labor's Untold Story or their alternative US history through Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, but haven't read Who Built America?, which, in my opinion is much better.
This article, from an academic and research librarians blog, reviews the debunking of the diagram I refer to as "learning heads" and often use when introducing a course at the beginning of a semester. I use the diagram more as an argument, than as a proof, so the fact that the claims have been debunked doesn't totally rule out its use, provided that distinction is made.
I have been posting activities & techniques, tagging them somewhat casually. But I think it would be helpful to think about the flow of activities over time, e.g. in a course.
The "Spiral Method" offers such a flow:
- start with experience
- identify themes
- question and analyze
- add information
- plan action
- start over (in a new place)
How great to have this labor and social history teaching resource online for free. I hope others will add new lessons and comments. I still recall the time I did the Organic Goodie activity with IBEW apprentices -- a huge guy finally stood up and seized "the machine", holding it high above his head (far out of my reach). The question: what to do next?
I learned this game at Kani Club, the theater improvisation group in Tokyo, Japan. The game asks participants to filter their free association through their sense of what others might say. The object is to avoid "idiocy" -- in the sense of being isolated in one's thinking. At the same time, the "idiotic" answers are often reasonable or creative.
Adapted from "Busca tu cancion" in 101 juegos musicales. See also I second that (e)motion.
The joker writes down three to 10 emotions on index cards, two cards per emotion. (One set of three if you have an odd number of participants.) There should be as many cards as participants.
Shuffle the cards, keeping them face down, and have people pick a card, keeping it hidden from others.