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tv   Interview with C-SPAN Teacher Fellow Eleanor Green  CSPAN  August 12, 2019 11:36am-11:52am EDT

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her bader ginsburg and book, my own words. sharon robinson talks about child's of the dream. rick atkinson, author of the british are coming. and thomas malone, founding director of the m.i.t. center for collective intelligence, discusses his book, super minds. live, saturday, august 31 at 10:00 a.m. eastern on book tv on c-span2. announcer: every year, c-span awards federal ships -- fellowships to several middleton high school teachers who have demonstrated innovative methods of incorporating see sprint -- c-span programs in the routine. they join c-span for four weeks in july to develop new teaching materials. they lead the c-span summer educators conference. one of our three teacher fellows
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is eleanor greene of california. has taughtor greene at bert corona high school per tell us about your students. corona high school. tell us about your student. eleanor: most of my students are emergent bilinguals coming into their english language skills. i get to work with students who want to learn. immigrants, children love learning. their parents are super invested in them. i get to be the guide to teach them about those connections to american history and world history and to their government and help them see their place --hin this country that is definitely doesn't always see them as a part of it. typically, what have you
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taught in the past? eleanor: when i started, i was the only history teacher. gamut, worldle history, u.s. history and government. this year, i will focus on government. host: when you say focus on government, what does that class -- what are the topics that class covers? eleanor: i am fortunate to get to teach a full year of government. we get to go over the branches, functions and all of the different levels. then, i get time to talk about media and bias and their place in it. we take time to learn about journalism and media studies. to me, those are a huge part of government. we get to write things about how to vote and they it to research. we get to see not just how the function but how we participate in the functioning of that government. host: you talked about one of the challenges. you are teaching mainly first generation american kids. what are some of the other
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challenges in getting the concepts of the washington government across to students? eleanor: in general, history is hard to convince people that it is not just a thing that happened before but it is a thing that is actively happening now. history feels like something in the distant past that we don't get a say in. i hope to make those connections for my students that these are issues we are reckoned with. who cares that john adams tried to limit free speech? it is important to our conversation today about what is free speech and what should be allowed and part of the discussion online. it takes making those connections for them that they may not make themselves. eleanor: what current political -- host: what current political issues or figures are the most talked about among your students? eleanor: donald trump is person number one. they will always come in and save miss, did you hear, did you see, can you believe and then we
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get to talk about the historical significance and those relationships and we get to put those things into context. with the 2016 debate, we could go back and watch the 1960 presidential debate and look at how cordial they were to each other. nixon and kennedy were so nice to each other. we can chase -- trace where those things shift. opponentlks about his holding his inexperience against him and laughs with him. we can track when things become more patterson -- partisan. how did we get here? how can we figure out and navigate away back. host: whether it is president trump or other current political issues, how hard is it for you as a teacher to keep your views in check and listen to what they have to say? eleanor: the most important thing that i see my role as is teaching them how to think
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independently. that starts with research. how can you conduct research to verify things you find online? we like to think as adults that young people are geniuses with technology. dig a native's know exactly what they are doing. --y know the shortcuts digital natives who know exactly what they are doing. they know the shortcuts. parents don't think we can teach our kids technology skills. we have to. they don't know how to verify if things are true or not that they see online. they see conspiracies on youtube and take it as gospel truth. as a core of teaching them how to identify what is true and what is not, we can apply those politics as well. it is the same tame on the potential system. tape.go back to the c-span has an important place in that. it is not just the sound bite. let's watch the hearings. becameents and i
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obsessed with the brett kavanaugh hearings. i did not anticipate that. i switched around the lesson plans and they got to do mock congressional hearings and they pretended to be people in the senate judiciary committee and we watched the committee hearings. we watched our senators engaging in those back-and-forth's and they could see what it was like. and learn about the politics behind everybody and what they were saying. host: if you could bring those students to washington and teach them a lesson, what do you think that would be in the nation's capital, whether it is on capitol hill or elsewhere? eleanor: i would like to take to capitol hill. a lot of students don't get into southeast d.c.. theing to go somewhere like frederick douglass house in anacostia, it is somewhere that
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people might not think of but it has this rich, multicultural history that our students need to learn. especially my students. they see history as something old white people did. to show them they have a place in that history as well, that is why i would like them to see frederick douglass house and see what he did. host: you are one of our three teacher fellows, why did you apply in the first place? eleanor: i felt like i had a unique but becoming less unique perspective teaching english learners, teaching students who are immigrants. the face of america is changing and i have been on the front lines with those students. i wanted to bring my perspective of teaching a type of kid who has been left behind and developing my own practice as well. i have gotten to do that. i feel like after this month, i am going to be a much better teacher for my students. host: you are here with your other teacher fellows and other
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teachers coming in for a teacher conference, developing curriculum for middle and high school students. what are some interesting ideas or practices you have heard from your colleagues? zach and maureen have been prolific. they have taken on the task of doing state history. that is something a lot of middle school teachers need. finding specifically about north dakota is hard. they have been digging through c-span's library, finding the and getting the fun stories that you would not expect that the mormon church in salt lake city, they built that and were able to build that because they ended polygamy. they weren't able to get federal funding to help them until they ended polygamy. these little stories that you think, that -- it's really small to a place but it has these big
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political ramifications. beginning to see how we can find ourselves within a more local context and make those larger connections. ast: do you think you have better understanding of a policy or process of the government that you didn't before that you can relate to your kids a little easier now? eleanor: i think that it has been a real delight to have, going on in the background, the gavel-to-gavel coverage. i have had that on the screen next to me. you can see moments that get missed. you get to see little things that our congresspeople do to connect back home that they don't get covered. they are always out there, sharing a picture of someone who is important and local. we think of them as national because oure media is so nationalized.
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i think that is something i have been able to see an expanse more often. host: you mentioned the frederick douglass house in anacostia. what other things did you do when you are in washington? eleanor: they do jazz and sangria. that has been a real treat. i have gotten five dollar tickets to nats games. and it has been taken the -- taking the time to be in a place for so long. we have been here for a month. it is not a two day whirlwind around d.c. but taking the time to spread out in different places. start spreading out beyond that core boundary that most of us think of when we picture d.c. get tobeen a delight to live in a place and feel like i know where i am going and i am not just hanging around. host: as you head back to california and a new high school, is there a follow-up process to what you have learned here?
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eleanor: i will be moving to a much bigger high school and i will actually have a full history department to get to work with. not just me and a few other colleagues. i am excited to get to share this process. make resources and how to dive into the c-span library. i would love to be able to bring that practice to my fellow teachers. it is not just history teachers. there is content for english teachers and environmental studies teachers. there is a lot we can pull from that resource. from eleanor green california, thank you so much. eleanor: thank you. i appreciate it. for more information about c-span's education resources, including lesson plans and our teacher will ship program, go to c-span.org/classroom. whenncer: join us tonight robert gates, andrea mitchell
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globalin wright discuss challenges facing the unite states at 8:00. here's a preview. i am as much of a realist as anybody. the reality is the united states has done business with some of histories greatest monsters. roosevelt never pretended to be in love with joseph stalin. in the real world, we have to deal with these people but we don't have to embrace them. of we can treat the leaders authoritarian states, we can do business with them. but we don't need to embrace them in the same way that we embrace the leaders of democratically elected governments. was some of the conversation you can watch
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tonight in its entirety at 8:00 eastern on c-span. weeknights this month, we are featuring book tv, showcasing what is available every weekend on c-span2. tonight, george packer talks about the life and career of richard holbrook. saxton, recalls the life of george washington's mother. talks aboutitt linda taylor, a criminal whose exploits launched the idea of the welfare queen in the united states. you can watch that starting at 8:30 eastern on c-span2. also this month, we are showcasing american history tv as a preview of what is available every weekend on c-span3. tonight, we examined congressional history. the 116th congress started its two-year term in january. nancy pelosi was among the
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speakers. on joanne story freeman and her book. you can watch tonight beginning on c-span3. and enjoy american history tv this week and every weekend on c-span3. announcer: tonight, on the communicators. pres. trump: people come up to me and say sir, i can't follow you. they make it impossible. these are people that are really good at what they do. they say they make it absolutely impossible. announcer: we will talk about the recent social media summit where preston trump discussed -- techdent trump discussed firms and what should be done about it. and patrick hatcher. >> i think, as consumers, we can demand that as users of facebook and google and twitter, we
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expect that they will respect our ability to commit k. if we don't like it, we can quit. >> it seems hard to levy an accusation that big tech is a negative when somebody like dennis is getting a billion .iews >> watch the communicators tonight on c-span2. announcer: the 2020 presidential candidates made remarks at this year's iowa democratic wing ding fundraiser in clear lake. the program includes amy klobuchar, steve bullock, pete buttigieg and bernie sanders. it is just over two hours. ♪

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