Posts Tagged ‘back to school’



Studying Skywalkers: The Star Wars Bard, Ian Doescher, Makes a Classroom Appearance

Dan Zehr | April 10, 2014
Enjoying Ian Doescher’s the Empire Striketh Back

Enjoying Ian’s book.

The power of Ian Doescher’s contribution to the zeitgeist of Star Wars culture is a marvelous thing to behold, particularly when it accomplishes something many educators spend a lifetime trying to accomplish: getting students to invest in the power of Shakespeare’s figurative language. This was on display in my classroom recently, as Ian visited my freshmen students via Skype to discuss his contributions to Star Wars literature, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and The Empire Striketh Back.

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Studying Skywalkers: Star Wars in the Classroom

Dan Zehr | February 27, 2014
The Empire Strikes Back vintage poster with Boba Fett

Vintage poster from 1980 that adorns my classroom wall.

As an educator at the Secondary level, it’s imperative that you keep your students engaged and interested in the curriculum, as you navigate the distractions that life may provide at any given moment.  While attending college to become certified as a high school English teacher, I was constantly told that students need to be met where they are at in their lives, and heard catch phrases like “edutainment” to describe the pedagogical approach that many are encouraged to pursue.

This is one of many reasons why incorporating Star Wars into the curriculum is all at once gratifying, exciting, and rewarding. It’s wonderful to see how integrating the saga can inspire students to explore other worlds, analyze complex themes, examine characters and characterization, and think critically about that galaxy far, far away. Navigating the saga encourages empathy and creativity that is essential to molding young minds to become something greater than themselves. Just as Luke Skywalker looked into the twin suns of Tatooine for an outlet to other worlds, and to find his place in the universe, each student is encouraged to make similar connections for the betterment of his or her own world.  Star Wars is an excellent avenue for this.

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Some Star Wars Holiday Advice

Katie Cook | November 22, 2012

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This Election Day, Be Sure to Consider Every Issue

Katie Cook | November 6, 2012

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Halloween on a Budget

Katie Cook | October 9, 2012

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It’s a Frappé!

Katie Cook | September 12, 2012

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Back to School Reading for Kids of All Ages

Aaron Goins | September 3, 2012

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It’s that time of year again.  The summer holidays are over and it’s time for the kids to head back to school.  This can be a sad time for kids because their vacation is over, but it should also be an exciting time because they will be learning all new things this year!  A great way to get kids excited for school and learning is to get some fun reading material into their hands.  They are going to be doing book reports, why not use Star Wars themed books?  Here are some fun Star Wars books for readers of all ages.

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Add the Force to Your School Supplies

Amy Ratcliffe | August 31, 2012

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It’s August – funny how that happens every year – and it’s time for school to be in session again. I actually always looked forward to it when I was younger. Yes, I was that kid. I liked getting back into a routine, learning, having homework (unless it was math), and seeing friends. Mostly though, I liked going shopping for school supplies. I loved getting the list of what items were required for the year’s classes, and I loved crossing the items off just as much. I always found that making my tools more interesting made learning more fun. That’s where Star Wars comes in.

Long days at school can be improved with Star Wars pens, notebooks, and folders. It seems like it wouldn’t matter, but I remember being really frustrated with an algebra problem in high school and feeling slightly better about figuring it out when I used my calculator with a giant She-Ra sticker on it. I don’t remember if I answered the problem correctly, but seeing characters who inspire you when you open your backpack can make a difference. (more…)

A Back-to-School Guide for Padawans

Jennifer Landa | August 30, 2012

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The time is here, my young Padawans, to head off to Jedi training.  Or as some people call it, “go back to school.”  Ah yes, I can hear you cheering now.  School is a fantastic place to learn, challenge yourself, and interact with all different types of people.  But for some younglings, heading back to school can be a scary time.  When I was a kid, going back to school made me as nervous as Ben Quadinaros in a podrace.  So when the going got tough, I watched Star WarsStar Wars gave me hope and many valuable life lessons along the way.  In Master Yoda, I had the greatest after-school tutor ever!

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I can’t come to school today, I have to go to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters.

Katie Cook | August 29, 2012

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