Google Earth:

    • Weaving Around the World
      • Karie Huttner
      • EDIM 508
      • The instructional purpose of this project is to explore and learn about different types of weaving around the world to my third grade students that support our social studies curriculum about continents and culture.  I want my students to have the opportunity to learn about an art that spans continents and is an important part of culture, history, and basic needs.   Students will learn about weaving and its cultural importance using this Google Earth presentation before participating in a hands-on backstrap weaving experience, tapestry loom designing, silkworm production, and creating a story using textiles.
    • Standards alignment
        1. Content Standard: Students in the Verona Area School District will learn about geography through the study of the relationships among people, places, and environments.
        1. Content Standard: Students in the Verona Area School District will learn about the behavioral sciences by exploring concepts from the discipline of sociology, the study of the interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions; the discipline of psychology, the study of factors that influence individual identity and learning; and the discipline of anthropology, the study of cultures in various times and settings.

Reflection Blog

  • In what practical ways can a media-infused presentation like the one you created help foster the development of both the respectful and ethical minds?

Humans exhibit a deep-seated tendency to create groups, to provide distinctive marks for these collectivities, and to adopt clearly positive or clearly hostile attitudes toward neighboring and more distant cohorts.

Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future

This year when I approached our social studies curriculum, I realized that a common mistake that we make as educators is to stereotype other cultures.  I wanted my students to learn and experience more depth in learning about different countries.  Besides creating opportunities through skyping interviews, I tried to think of how I could share another common “thread” between many communities around the world.  Weaving and yarn is rarely shared in the academic world yet it is an extremely important part of all cultures.  In high school, I had the fortune to learn how to weave but never shared my passion with my students.

The task for educators becomes clear: if we are to fashion persons who respect differences, we need to provide models and offer lessons that encourage such a sympathetic stance.  Such modeling is especially crucial when the power relationships between individuals and groups appear to be asymmetrical.

Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future

Weaving is not only common across cultures but also very unique.  It helps communities to tell stories, cloth their loved ones, develop and share pride in one’s abilities.  These are all important lessons that my students have the opportunity to learn.  The Google Earth project will be used over the course of the year as we travel to each continent.  It is the common thread between many different groups.  The videos are so that students understand the importance of the weaving to that specific community.  By building background knowledge before adapting the specific weaving of that community to an activity that we can do in the classroom, it helps to build key understandings.

Educators can smooth the road to an ethical mind by drawing attention to the other connotations of goodness.  Students need to understand why they are learning what they are learning and how this knowledge can be put to constructive uses.  As disciplined learners, it is our job to understand the world.  But if we are to be ethical human beings, it is equally our job to use that understanding to improve the quality of life and living and to bear witness when that understanding (or misunderstanding) is being used in destructive ways.

Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future

I feel that when learning becomes more meaningful and real, there is a better chance that stereotypes will be destroyed.  As an educator, I don’t want to help build stereotypes about other cultures nor do I want to provide a superficial understanding about the diversity that exists in our global community.  I want to help my students to experience some of the beauty of our world and I feel that weaving provides that opportunity.  Weaving Around the World provides part of the framework to help my students to dive deeper into our world.

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