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Building a Just and Sustainable World January 2009
“Take care of yourself, then you can take care of the world,” my now 97-year-old grandmother once told me, adding that it’s a smart, not selfish way to live.
In this newsletter, we offer stories, classroom tools, and resources to inspire you and your students to explore your individual gifts, and learn how others are sharing theirs. We are also pleased to feature the 7 Doors Project, created by Project Happiness, whose mission is to create lasting happiness by looking inward rather than outward.
It’s a new year. We have a new president. And, perhaps there will be a newly discovered you. The possibilities are exciting and endless.
For former teacher and Chicken Soup for the Classroom co-author Anna Unkovich, a “nightmare” teaching moment was the key to a more open classroom. Learn how she discovered the value of sharing stories. Read Anna's story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Joining students in campaigning for quality education. Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers. Local food in schools. Student diplomats in Nicaragua.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
Project Happiness’ 7 Doors Project will take your students on a journey of self-discovery that will ultimately lead them to understanding not only what is happiness for themselves, but also what is happiness for others.
Each door represents a facet of your path to happiness, and hosts a multimedia array of interviews, photos, films, questionnaires, and activities.
Your students can create their own digital portfolio on what makes them happy, hear the thoughts of their peers in the U.S., India, and Africa, and answer questions, such as, “What are your gifts, the things that make you feel totally alive?” In the end, your students will have created their own paths to happiness. This curriculum is appropriate for ages 13-19.
Barack Obama has just become the first African American to serve as the President of the United States. Teaching Tolerance offers lesson plans that address the significance of Obama’s election and acknowledge the struggle for racial justice is far from over.
Get ready for Women’s History Month in March: take the opportunity to spotlight women who have changed the world. The Smithsonian Institution has compiled compelling women’s history resources, including “Women Breaking Musical Barriers,” a collection of songs and videos.
Like the old saying, “If Momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” If a teacher’s not happy, her students won’t be happy. Parker Palmer's Center for Courage and Renewal offers quarterly retreats that focus on reclaiming the wholeness and vocational passion of pre-K to 12 educators on whom our society depends for so much.
Ask your students to think carefully about Merwin's poem. What is the poet thankful for? What are they thankful for?
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How to Get More YES!
Make it Sweet and Fair
This Valentine's Day empower your students to take action for Fair Trade.
YES! Web Picks
YES! in Spanish
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