A blog following teacher Aaron Jura as he plans engaging, yet relevant English Language Arts content for High School students in New Orleans, LA.
After an amazing two weeks in sunny San Diego, CA I must say this has been one of the best experiences of my life -- and many memories will be cherished forever. The USS Midway Museum's Midway Institute for Teachers is a top-notch teacher professional development program offered aboard the USS Midway Museum for two weeks over the summer. Participating in scholarly lectures ranging from the Cold War to the Vietnam War we engaged with the best scholars available on the topic.
Institute Director John Burns and Dr. Kirk Ankeney along with many others from the educator and curatorial departments provide teachers with the opportunity to engage and experience the period in one of the museum's classroom spaces. I highly recommend applying to the program for next year's application cycle (see link above).
Historians, led by the incomparable Robert Dallek, presented a two-week intensive with sessions on the Cold War, Korean War, the Vietnam Era, etc. The sessions don't only cover the events -- they go deep and analyze the experiences of these important points in history. The institute gives a very well-rounded view of the periods being discussed with lectures on Women, African Americans, Latinos/Chicanos, etc. These lectures are punctuated by oral history presentations from people who experienced the wars. The experience cannot be beat and the institute ranks as the best professional teacher development experience I have ever had the pleasure of attending.
It's hard to put into words how important this was for me -- but, more importantly how important the experience I had will be for my students. Thanks again to the organizers, attendees, and all the presenters. This is an experience NOT to be missed.
Below you will find the slideshow of my tours of the USS Midway:
A cool video with the EVOLUTION of radar equipment (and a fitting tune):
Mr. J is a high school teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. J believes in the power of educators to help children and families achieve. Follow his blog for tips and techniques to keep engagement high and student achievement at the forefront.