Women’s History month is the perfect time to raise awareness that multicultural views and perspectives must be part of the curriculum all year around. Wow! By far one of the best group projects I have seen recently is about Women’s Rights, created by Larry Reiff, an English teacher from Roslyn High School, NY.
Using Proboards.com, Mr. Reiff has set-up an online forum for his students’ group based discussion on women’s rights around the world. Each group is assigned a video clip for viewing along with several thought provoking questions to discuss together during class. When they go home each student must watch the remaining videos and blog the answers to their questions using Proboards.
Proboards allows teachers to set up free forums for their classes to interact on. Mr. Reiff set his pages up so that the students could easily find their assignments by clicking on the tab that had their group number on it. More importantly, the content of each video expressed authentic, real-life struggles and successes of women from around the world such as the Dowry Killings in India or the moving speech “Ain’t I A Woman” read in honor of the author and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.
This is exactly the kind of rich multi-cultural content that ELLs and all students need exposure too. When it is delivered to the students through tools such as Proboards and video, the diversity of the world comes to life in the classroom, the content is more comprehensible and the students will remember it! By the way, I discovered that Mr. Reiff is currently a participant in the Apple Distinguished Educator program. Congratulations to him!