When two planes struck the World Trade Center in 2001, two teachers, Holly Epstein Ojalvo and Annie Thoms, were just beginning their day at Stuyvesant High School, four blocks from the twin towers. Both of them were English teachers, and both of them were starting their second year at Stuyvesant. On The Learning Network blog, the two write about how they and their students turned an international calamity into creative works that helped all of them cope, and learn some lasting lessons.
They tell their stories in an effort to help other teachers find a way to teach the lessons of 9/11 in today's classrooms. Ms. Ojalvo was the adviser to the Stuyvesant Spectator, the student newspaper, and Ms. Thoms to the Stuyvesant Theater Community group. "Through journalism and theater, we worked with students to engage the complexity of issues raised by the 9/11 attacks," they wrote. "We listened to our community and used what we heard to help students create constructive, meaningful works.''
Read their full Learning Network post here.
Also, take a look at the Department of Education's new 9/11 curriculum plan here.