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1) Images of Americana: Perspective-taking through Artwork and Photography

photography1Capturing large – and small moments – through artistry and a photographer’s lens encourages the rest of us to pause. In this workshop, students will become immersed in perspective-taking exercises that mirror a particular moment in American history. Whether it is a glimpse of the Civil Rights movement or a snapshot of a march during Women’s Suffrage, one image can convey volumes and inspire numerous questions. This reflective lesson will begin with images and launch into substantive questions related to compelling events that have profoundly shaped the United States. How do moments like these – alter the ways we see ourselves?

Interested in a follow-up to this lesson? Please visit the resources page for additional websites, videos, and lesson ideas.

2) Demographics & Diversity: A Reflective Look at Norway and the state of Minnesota 

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The country of Norway and the state of Minnesota share numerous commonalities and connections related to diversity and patterns of immigration. Across urban, suburban, and rural areas in Minnesota, communities are shifting dramatically while governments attempt to plan for an aging and increasingly diverse electorate. In this workshop, students will sift through census reports, maps, and first person narratives. They will reflect upon these demographic shifts and propose strategies to support emerging social and cultural needs. Students will also explain what they value in terms of identity. How do we collectively and inclusively plan for the future?

Interested in a follow-up to this lesson? Please visit the resources page for additional websites, videos, and lesson ideas.

3) Read All About It: What do Newspaper Headlines Say about Schools in the United States?

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In these times of 24/7 streaming news, it is becoming increasingly rare to receive newspaper deliveries at your front door. In this workshop, students will peruse a newspaper, called Education Week, to delve into the news of American schools from testing to technology to school safety. Students will compare numerous articles that analyze the pressing issues facing teachers and students in the United States today. This exploration will support students as they write a Letter to the Editor. What strategies would they implement to improve schools, from policy to the classroom, and how can widespread educational reform happen?

Interested in a follow-up to this lesson? Please visit the resources page for additional websites, videos, and lesson ideas.

4) Choose Your Own Adventure: Enrolling and Succeeding in an American Community College

CollegeHigher education across the United States involves an incredible number of choices, from type of school to location to finances. Once students are admitted, the choices continue. In this workshop, students will experience enrolling in an American community college, scrutinizing the course catalog, navigating campus, and making numerous choices that will influence their success and eventual graduation. This workshop will lead toward peer interviews where students will ask and answer important questions related to their plans for the future. When attending an American community college, how adventurous will you choose to be?

Interested in a follow-up to this lesson? Please visit the resources page for additional websites, videos, and lesson ideas.

5) Amused in America: What does It Mean to Be Entertained?

ferriswheelAmusement in the United States is a booming industry. It takes many forms, from Walt Disney World to the Mall of America. After exploring the country’s demographics and associated social and cultural changes, students will propose what type of amusement they would design. In this workshop, students will make multiple decisions about where to build, what marketing to use, and what visitors might experience. These nuts and bolts activities will lead to a discussion and critical reflection regarding our collective understanding of amusement. What does the amusement industry say about culture, contentment, and capitalism?

Interested in a follow-up to this lesson? Please visit the resources page for additional websites, videos, and lesson ideas.


2 Comments

  1. Fiona says:

    Dear Heather,
    Thank you so much for your visit today. We really enjoyed your lectures and wish you all the best for the rest of your stay and travels in Norway. Regards
    Fiona Jane Ellingsen
    Narvik vgs
    Studiested Frydenlund

    • hbandeen says:

      Thanks so much, Fiona! I truly enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful colleagues at Narvik vgs. Such thoughtful, creative students! 🙂 I look forward to being in touch very soon. Best wishes, Heather

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