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Humane Education Activity: Making Connections, Creating Solutions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 11, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How are a plastic bag, a shell, and some sea water connected? In her lesson plan Making Connections, Creating Solutions, IHE M.Ed. student and classroom teacher Betsy Farrell-Messenger uses objects such as a plastic bag,… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Digging Deeper Than Food Drives and “Poor People”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 8, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Winter holidays are one of the times our hands and hearts turn to helping those who are “less fortunate.” Homelessness and poverty for students is at an all-time high. In homes and schools, there are… More

Making Connections, Creating Solutions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 16, 2014 | Filed under College/Adult, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

This activity helps students think about how we are all connected and how our actions impact others and the environment and inspires students to learn more about issues that interest them and to create solutions… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: The Critical Media Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

It’s no secret that young people in the U.S. spend an inordinate amount of time engaging with various kinds of digital media. The average is about eight hours a day — every day. That much… More

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Resources for Reexamining Columbus Day

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Today is Columbus Day in the U.S., and this year, as in generations before, elementary schools all across the country will teach another group of children that, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and… More

The Critical Media Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 30, 2014 | Filed under Consumerism, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

The Critical Media Project is a resource to help educators help their students think critically and meaningfully about media and to hone their critical media literacy skills. The website offers class activities, media examples with… More

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Humane Education Through Math

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 4, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“I thought math was just a subject they implanted on us just because they felt like it, but now I realize that you could use math to defend your rights and realize the injustices around… More

Los Extraterrestres Han Aterrizado: Explorando La Opresión, Los Derechos, y Las Libertades

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 2, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Los estudiantes podrán explorar la opresión, los derechos y las libertades participando en un excenario en el que los extraterrestres han invadido la Tierra y los humanos deben defender su caso ante la Corte Universal,… More

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Do Your Students See Themselves (and Others) in Your Classroom?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When school resumes this fall, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” according to the latest figures from the National Center for… More

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Cultivate “Grocery Wisdom” in Kids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 11, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We make food choices every day. And those choices can have a significant impact on ourselves, other people, nonhuman animals, and the earth. Because food is such an integral part of our lives and tied… More