One of the great joys of a life spent in the classroom—at least in a pre-standardized world—is the chance to get kids excited and lead them in a direction (or even follow) that neither they nor you expected to go.
|Standardized education anyone?|
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Answers always looked something like this:
Bow and arrows
Talk funny, say "How," and "Ugh."
I explained that Native American civilizations varied. For example, some natives relied on corn, beans and squash as dietary staples. “How come no one ever does movies about farming Indians?” I'd ask.
“Because it would be boring,” the kids agreed.
I liked to break into a soulful rendition of “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and ask students to sing along. No one ever did.
AS PART OF THE UNIT, I always showed a series of slides that I created, including one of a woman with a strange-looking elongated skull (see above). Students gasped when the image filled the screen and I explained that standards of beauty vary. Tribes along the Pacific coast, for example, often used a board-like device to reshape babies’ heads.
The higher forehead was considered attractive.