The themes this year are culture and conflict.
Culture: The 6th grade classes are answering the question, "How does where you live affect how you live?" These classes will study how various other cultures meet their needs of food, shelter, education, religion, government, material possessions, clothing, family. Geographic luck plays an important role in basic survival needs such as what types of food will grow in a particular climate, or what building materials are available. These factors form the basis for the rest of the society.
Conflict: The 7th grade classes I will be working with are exploring the nature of conflict. Each student will be researching a significant conflict in history, and discussing the conflict through the lens of a game of chess. Students will explore points of view, strategy, power, balance, black vs. white (in the metaphorical sense), and stalemate. The overarching theme in both chess and conflict is that two objects (or ideas) cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
My favorite part of my new ID badge: the title under my picture is "Artist."
All Culture and Conflict posts can be found under the topic heading: Diversion Audit.