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What’s Old is New Again

20131024_Best_of_Hokulea_WWV-001-display Have you checked out the Mālama Honua Voyage Intranet Site?

This is a site dedicated to providing Kamehameha Schools faculty and staff with educational resources, strategies to engage with the voyage, and online resources from the Polynesian Voyaging Society and other community sources. Please check back often as a brand new set of materials will be released quarterly, all designed to be equally useful in school, business, and home environments.

I did a little look see and I found some of the lessons created by our very own teachers back in 2004  as part of the first teacher workshop held by the Polynesian Voyaging Society. These lessons may have been written ten years ago by Joanne (with Jay as the VTAM instructor), Ipo, Monica Spittler and Tom Chun, but the work is still relevant today. Check them out here and explore the site a little. Their is great stuff to be had, both old and new. This is on our intranet, so unless you have the app thingy, this site is not accessible at home.

The lessons: http://kapalama.ksbe.edu/archives/pvsa/lessons/04%20TWlessonplans/index.htm

The Mālama Honua home site:


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Text to Text Ideas from the NY Times



The NY Times’ Learning Network is my go to when I am looking for reading strategies and ideas using current events. This year, to support the adoption of Common Core State Standards, they are starting a new series using a Core close reading strategy : Text to Text

This series attempts to offer up lessons that could easily be adapted by teachers across the curriculum and from what I have seen so far, it’s a great way to blend nonfiction with fiction, or use a variety of media with written text.

Each lesson includes a key question, extension activities and additional resources to expand the basic lesson. Here’s two graphic organizers to help student organize their “Text to Text” thinking. (free PFD downloads)
Comparing Two or More Texts
Double-Entry Chart for Close Reading

This text to text link will lead you to the lessons. So far here are the lessons on their site:

“The Scarlet Letter” and “Sexism and the Single Murderess”
Key Question: To what extent is there still a sexual double standard, and how does that double standard play out in contemporary culture?
It pairs a passage from “The Scarlet Letter” with a recent Op-Ed article that, together, invite discussion on societal attitudes toward female sexuality.

“Where Do Your Genes Come From?” and “DNA Double Take”
Key Question: How are recent advances in science changing our understanding of the genome, and how might this affect fields like forensic science or genetic counseling?
It matches a Times article with often-taught scientific, historic, cultural or literary material. This edition is about new findings in genetics.

“Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg”
Key Question | Is Snowden a Hero, a Traitor or Something Else?
It pairs two Times articles that capture parallel moments in history: Daniel Ellsberg’s surrender to the police in 1971 after leaking the Pentagon Papers, and Edward Snowden’s public admission in June that he leaked classified documents about United States surveillance programs.

Photo credit: http://litemind.com/relativity/

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ʻŌiwi TV – a Rich Video Resource for the Classroom


What: In 2009, ʻŌiwi TV partnered with Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the Kamehameha Schools, and the ʻAha Pūnana Leo to break the barrier and for the first time establish a Native Hawaiian television station. ʻŌiwi TV is Native Hawaiian owned and operated –empowering people to assert our Native Hawaiian identity and promote outcomes that benefit our community, our natural resources, and most importantly our future generations.

See our own Roddy Floro in the article video: Hōkūleʻa Training at West Hawaiʻi! 

Why: The power of the hoʻolohe quadrant in moenahā is to build a relationship with the students and the content. They need to personally connect to the journey you are wanting them to go on within your unit, so using these types of local resources, being able to teach through culture, even when you are not teaching culture is a fabulous thing. Use this channel to broaden your ability to make those connections.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds

Perks of a cohort for slow readers like me: others will find fabulous resources and let everyone know so that I don’t have to slog through endless reading in order to find a great article, book, etc. that will help to propel my research forward.

Yay for the voraciously fast skimmers in my cohort. Here’s my to read list:
coding manual The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Johnny Saldana is a reader-friendly guide to coding research into themes.

IMG_0015        Harvard Business Review’s 10 Must Reads On Leadership – my research is not specifically on leadership, but I like their articles and see how we can learn from business leaders, even though I don’t think education should be RUN by business leaders.

IMG_0022 Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith

I’d like to find a graphic novel version of any of these books or better yet, a podcast in one hour chunks – This Research Life. . .


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6 Reading Habits: Part 6 Compare & Contrast

Picture 4Compare and contrast: fit this text into an ongoing dialogue (for those big picture people)

  • At what point in the term does this reading come? Why that point, do you imagine?
  • How does it contribute to the main concept and themes of the course?
  • How does it compare (contrast) to the ideas presented by texts that come before it? Does it continue a trend, shift direction, or expand the focus of the previous readings?
  • How has your thinking been altered by this reading or how has it affected your response to the issues and themes of the course?
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6 Reading Habits: Part 5 Contextualize

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Contextualize: After you’ve finished reading, put the reading in perspective

  • When was it writter or where was it published? Do these factors change or affect how you view the piece?
  • View it through the lens of your own experience. Your udnerstanding of the  words on the page and their significance is always shaped by what you have come to know and vlaue from living in a particular time and place.

Part 6: Compare and contrast

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6 Reading Habits Part 4: Repetitions and Patterns

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By looking for ideas/thoughts that repeat in a piece, or looking for patterns are often ways to key in on what an author considers important and what he expects you to get from the piece. The way language is chosen or used can also alert you to an author’s position, hidden agenda or biases. Be watching for:

  • Images that repeat
  • Repeated words, phrases, types of examples, or illustrations
  • Consistent ways of characterizing people, events, or issues

Part 5: Contextualize – put the reading in perspective

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Flat world teaching

flat_earth editThe World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman is about the economic turn of the world economy caused by technology’s ability to raze global barriers. The  title also alludes to the perceptual shift required for countries, companies and individuals to remain competitive in a global market where historical and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant.

What that does for education is that it opens up our classrooms and crushes the “sage on the stage” pedagogy. We may still be boss of our own domain (the pysical walls of our classroom), but we are facilitators of learning (including our own learning), and not the gods and goddesses of wisdom. Shucks!

The positive of this movement is that I have FREE access to quality resources at my fingertips, and without a lot of time commitment on my part. Here’s my example:

1. In the 6th grade language arts classroom, kids are working on a poetry recitation about Africa (tie-in to their social studies research on. . .Africa) They go to the internet link http://www.poemhunter.com/search/?w=title&q=Africa

2. They use their handy-dandy class generated rubric to find an appropriate poem for their group.

3. Maybe they need help memorizing and reciting a poem. I go to google and find:

4. I found examples of sites with people reciting poems on video

5. I created a powerpoint with what I learned from the poets, inserted Billy Collins talking about reading poetry, copied some poems from videos I was going to share with the class and voila – the lesson is ready to go in an hour.

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100 Most Educational iPhone Apps

If you want to help your child when they’re not in school, check out these educational iPhone apps. Hey, it’s better than them using your phone to play Paper Toss or Bubble Wrap while they’re waiting for dinner. Here’s the link:


Picture 1Of course I’m so pake, that I checked to see if they had free versions of any of the suggestions because that’s the only thing I was going to put on my own iPhone.

I think overall the reviews are pretty insightful on iTunes, and if it’s FREE99, even better!!

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