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How Educators Can
Help Shape Character

What is character? Why does it matter? How is character developed? Who is responsible for developing it? These are the “big four” questions of character education and in his new book, Kids of Character: One Minute Mentoring Messages, Russell T. Williams tries to help readers understand the answers and how educators can play an important role in the shaping of the next generation.

Through a series of short essays with titles such as The Pursuit of Excellence, Opportunity, You are Bigger Than Your Problems, and Hold the Ideal You Seek to Attain, Williams offers educators an opportunity to engage young people they care about in the important dialogue of character development.

The book is available for $19.95 through Williams’ organization, Passkeys Foundation, at www.passkeys.org.


Museum Peeks at the
The ‘Secret History of History’

Chalk marks on a mailbox, a button on a stranger’s coat—in the world of espionage, a small thing can have huge implications. The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. wants to expose your students to the secret history of history, and has developed the following resources to help do so in an engaging way:
• Educator Spy Guides: a set of seven guides that connect academic material to the shadow-world of spying.
• Spy for a Day: Activities to do prior to and after a museum visit, along with museum worksheets.
• “Enemy Within” Educator Guide: six lesson plans that explore the history of terrorism in America and the balance between national security and civil liberties.
• Teacher Workshop: Either on- or off-site.

To learn more, visit www.spymuseum.org/programs/educate.php.


Website Offers
Animal Facts

Do sharks ever stop swimming? What’s the difference between a monkey and an ape? Why are whales so huge? Were dinosaurs really just giant birds with teeth?

You and your students can get the answers to these questions, and many more, on the website produced by TV network Animal Planet. A branch of the Discovery Channel, the Animal Planet site offers a wide variety of information, along with learning games, at http://animal.discovery.com/.


Use Websites to
Make Some History

Best of History Websites, is an award-winning site that offers annotated links to over 1,000 of the best history education websites online, as well as links to hundreds of K-12 lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, multimedia and more. The site has been recommended by the National Council for the Social Studies, the New York Public Library and Princeton University and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.

Visit it at www.besthistorysites.net.

 


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