Refugees Find Inspiration as Museum Tour Guides

WORLD Babylonian artifacts provide a reminder of home, and hope, for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. (BBC) Use our resources to learn more about contemporary migrants to Europe. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The terrific BBC article describes a program for recent immigrants to Germany. Why does Germany have a high population of refugees from … Continue reading Refugees Find Inspiration as Museum Tour Guides

Weekly Warm-Up: 4 Springtime Holidays Around the World

As the spring equinox approaches, several cultures and religious groups will be celebrating holidays. For students, holidays are an exciting break from the norm. Why not take advantage of this week of overlapping celebrations to teach students about world cultures and religions? Check out this map of major world religions to get started. Magha Puja Day: February 11, 2017 More than 2,500 years ago, Buddhists believe … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: 4 Springtime Holidays Around the World

Weekly Warm-Up: Some Mardi Gras Thoughts and Memories

Mardi Gras 2016 is this Tuesday—laissez les bon temps rouler! This terrific post about Mardi Gras in the U.S. was written by Rebecca Sheehan, Ph.D., back in 2009. Dr. Sheehan is an associate professor of geography at Oklahoma State University. The French Quarter is the quintessential center of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and traditionally what people associate with the celebration. Here, debauchery is at … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Some Mardi Gras Thoughts and Memories

Mariana displays her students' work

Educator Spotlight: International Travel From Home

Mariana Oprea is a K-12 exceptional children’s teacher at Piedmont High School in Monroe, North Carolina. She has been teaching for 14 years. Activity: Exploring World Cultures Subjects: Exceptional Children’s Education Grades: K-12  Tell us about your activity. What did you need to prepare? My students and I often do in-depth studies of specific countries. To get students thinking, I like to set up the … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: International Travel From Home

Who Celebrates Dia de los Muertos?

#TBT alert! This blog post was originally published on October 31, 2013! UNITED STATES Is Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead, celebrated by Latinos around the world—”The Next New American Holiday”? This infographic makes a convincing case! (Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum) Use our resources to better understand Dia de los Muertos! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Who Celebrates Dia de los Muertos?