Calling All Teachers…

Calling All Teachers

Having known some teachers in my life, I know that many of them are constantly on the look out for things that they can add to their lesson plans to keep their students interested in their class and to get their point accross in new and exciting ways. You might be aware the the 11th Anniversary of September 11 is coming soon. I have a few ideas of how you can incorporate this event into your class. There are a couple of campaigns being done at Project 2996, a non-partisan group dedicated to preserving the memory of the September 11th victims, that I’d like to tell you about. And, I’d like to tell you how you might be able to incorporate them into your lesson plans.

You’re probably wondering what Project 2996 is?. Project 2996 started out as a way to honor the victims of September 11th. Project 2996 wanted to see that an online tibute is posted for every victim of September 11th. One done by a real person, that honored the way that the victims lived and not the way that they died. We all know more that we care to about the hijackers and a host of other peole that have done bad things to our society and aren’t worthy of using the space they do in our brain cells that they do. After updating the list of tributes after last year, we currently need around 1,300 more tibutes.

Here is a presentaton explaining what Project 2996 is.

To help celebrate the 11th Anniversary, we decided that we’d like to create a Project 2996 group board on Pinterest. The goal of our most recent campaign is to have a pin for each victim with a picture. The description around the pin would tell a little bit about the victim, will link to Project 2996 tributes, or will make it clear where we don’t have a tribute yet. These pins will also give people to a chance leave a comment afterwards. If people have a personal story about the victim that they’d like to share, there is some space to do this. Also, since pins are very visual this really helps people to realize that these were real people and not just some statistic being batted around.

How can I use this in my lesson plans. Imagine finding a victim (or more depending upon your time bandwidth), learning more about them and writing a tribute of your own. You can then create a pin in the Project 2996 group board on Pinterest and link to your pin. You can also create some pins where other people have done tributes, or where no tirbute has been done. The tributes and Pinterest group board provide different opportuinites and some people might prefer one to the other or want to do them with equal interest. Now, imagine the opportunities that this might give to your class. Your students can research one of the victims and find out about their lives. They can also see how Pinterest works and can be used for group projects. One thing is for sure, the experience will leave you different than it found you and you won’t look at September 11th the same.

Every victim has their own story, they had parents, siblings, spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, kids, friends, and colleagues. They led a life and they left a mark on the world. We hope that you’ll help us to discover this and share it with the world. We hope that you’ll join us in one or both of the campaigns at Project 2996.

Here some links to information that can help you get started…

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