Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Resources for Teaching

No doubt teachers are entering their schools today wondering how they'll address Friday's earthquake & tsunami in Japan.  It's a subject on everyone's minds and a very sensitive one to address as a teacher.  How do you talk about the science? How do you address the emotion?  How do you talk with a class of inner city students of diverse backgrounds?  There's probably at least one Japanese student in the class, or at least one student with family in Japan.  What to do?

The TES (Times Educational Supplement) has assembled a good list of resources for teachers in primary & secondary schools to teach their students about the Japan earthquake and tsunami.  You can find it here.

The Learning Network, a supplement to the New York Times, has also assembled a good list of resources: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/teaching-ideas-the-earthquake-and-tsunami-in-japan/

The UN has a "Stop Disasters Game" where your students plan and construct a safer environment for various populations at risk of natural disasters.  Looks interesting! http://www.stopdisastersgame.org/en/playgame.html

To address the human side of the disaster, I would use this list of tweets translated from Japanese to English: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1oR7mRBNCog-FeVrtl0dD4Suoi2hL0XE4YOoAPdCyZ3w&pli=1
The tweets show that in the midst of the sadness & devastation, people are still helping each other.  It's a really wonderful document.

Any other great sites or lists that I've missed here?  Please add your thoughts in the comments section.  We'd also love to hear what it was like in your classroom today, wherever you are in the world. 

Resources for Teaching in London

Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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