Secondary Practicum: Stoneham High School
I completed my secondary practicum at Stoneham High School in 2013. I worked on projects including a major teaching unit, a two-lesson mini-unit on media literacy, as well as an administrative project researching the trend of "bookshopping" school libraries, and other projects related to technology, English Language Learners, and the summer reading program.
My major teaching unit was a four-part lesson unit with the International Relations class called, Taking Action for Human Rights. I developed the unit for an online Human Rights Education course through Human Rights Education Associates, and the lessons have been published on the AASL lesson plan database. In this unit, students were encouraged think critically about the meaning of human rights and how ordinary people can stand up for human rights. Students conducted an inquiry-based research process and will share new understandings through written and creative products. Students also gained hands-on experience in grassroots activism which will inform and inspire human rights activism later in life. I was thoroughly impressed with students' work and enthusiasm. The classroom teacher, students, and myself used the social media site Edmodo for collaboration, communication, and informal and formative assessment.