imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

GIVE IT TO YOUR KIDS!

by Seth D. King Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 2:56 PM

Education working in Los Angeles in spite of itself it would seem...

Dear Teachers, Principals, Faculty, Parents, and concerned people,

I have, over time, as a full-time elementary school substitute teacher in Los Angeles Unified School District developed an idea to give ten fundamental concepts to all my students.

The concepts are: freedom; justice; truth; create; teach; love; unity; peace; intelligence; cooperation; and a Bonus Word which is power.

I call them Superstar Vocabulary Words. Each concept is represented by one of the ten fingers on the student's hands and all together, both hands, represent the concept of "power".

The students use the dictionary to define these terms. Then we read stories (for example, about Gandhi), write stories, write sentences using them, and/or draw pictures including all the concepts or a single concept of our choice.

I draw the words on the board very colorfully and with symbols where possible such as with a peace sign, a light bulb for intelligence, a balance for justice, a heart for love, a broken chain for freedom, and a lightning bolt for power.

I teach them how the concepts are interrelated. For example, "if we lose justice, then we lose peace." I teach them about the concept of "unity" with the world map and that all of mankind are cousins and all ultimately from ONE FAMILY.

I teach them that if we lose all of these concepts in our lives, then our hands turn over, our wrists cross, and we no longer have our power nor freedom. At that point, we become enslaved or locked up even literally.

I teach them that they can create and teach, that they already do, and that they through understanding and the application of these concepts have greater power and freedom in their lives!

I teach them that once they have completed the assignment and "gone free" then they can help others "to go free" and complete the assignment too, but that they must do it "in integrity with truth as teachers do" and not give away answers so that they can truly "get their wings" which are represented by their hands. Those then who help and "get their wings" get to line up first at recess and lunch.

This same fundamental "get your wings" process of having early finishers help others finish can perhaps also then be followed with all diverse assignments all year long reinforcing the ten fundamental concepts represented on the hands.

Sometimes also when I see my students around school lately, I have been giving them a two handed "hello" gesture to easily remind them of these important concepts once again.

Other words can be defined further with this same process as the students learning minds demand it. Thus, a solid foundation of fundamental and universal (yet non-religiously associated) concepts and ideas for them can develop in time.

For example, a word group two which I selected and am exploring currently would include: logic; fun; universe; possibility; service; give; joy; imagination; reality; and communication with a Bonus Word which is life.

The original ten (plus "power") would always however remain symbolic to the hands. Also, entire idea should also be fully made bilingual and in all other languages as necessary also.

For example, in spanish as follows (missing some punctuation): the "Superestrella palabras": libertad; justicia; verdad; crear; ensenar; amar; unir; paz; inteligencia; coperacion; and the "paga extraordinaria" which is "poder."

On August 12, I shared this idea with a coordinator named Ms. Bell at 49th Street elementary school in Central LA, and she was inspired and thought it was "a great idea." She told me that she was going to work on getting this idea integrated into the lessons plans of all classrooms at 49th St. Elementary!!!

I am very excited with the recent development of this spiritually educational tool (which is entirely non-religious and can be taught in public schools for everything is derived from dictionary use and fundamental definitions).

I know that its application has served my students (it worked best with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders) and will serve the students in Los Angeles Unified School District on greater and greater levels in time and as it becomes possible.

I am currently committed to its expansion into all LAUSD elementary schools.

Sincerely,

Seth D. King

Elementary School Substitute Teacher

Los Angeles Unified School District

8-13-03

Report this post as:

LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 77 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
What school is this? Concerned Dad Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 4:11 AM
Liberal Public School Teachers LA parent Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 6:12 AM
Hmmm..... Hedley Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 12:15 PM
your all a bunch of idiots reality Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 12:51 PM
i dont support people reality "cahllenged" Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 5:07 PM
^ huh!?! Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 5:32 PM
Become school teachers in LAUSD an then criticize. Seth D. King Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 8:57 PM
These schools are those in Central and South Los Angeles... Seth D. King Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 5:51 AM
Oh Goody!! victim Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 6:08 AM
Off to the Principals Office... Seth D. King Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 6:28 AM
Dear Victim... Mr. King Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 6:37 AM
Thank goodness for private schools parent Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 6:37 AM
Dear Private School Parent, Mr. King Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 7:07 AM
More like a private school teacher.... Reginald Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 7:21 AM
More like a private school teacher.... Reginald Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 7:21 AM
Seth Private School Parent Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003 at 8:15 AM
For the children... Mr. S. King Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 8:25 AM
Retired Nelson Horton Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 9:35 AM
Retired Nelson Horton Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 9:56 AM
School Private School Parent Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003 at 2:56 PM
Standing Up Mr. S. King Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:19 PM
The problem is Kid E Fiddler Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:25 PM
Actually... Mr. King Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:35 PM
I don't know Only me Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:40 PM
Exactly Kid E fiddler Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:42 PM
Your minds are where you are... Mr. King Monday, Aug. 18, 2003 at 8:59 PM
Seth Private School Parent Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 1:51 AM
private school, victim parent. offended at morons Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 2:10 AM
^ get over it Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 2:25 AM
1 offended at morons Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 2:40 AM
om PSP Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 3:07 AM
very well PSP offended at morons Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 3:25 AM
Retired Nelson Horton Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 12:14 PM
Ok, Jack, I'll take... Jim Jones Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2003 at 4:49 PM
The Nation of the Sun? Mr. King Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 9:25 AM
^^ Kool-aid Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 9:29 AM
Stupid, insane, or genius? Mr. King Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:36 PM
wow wow Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:42 PM
I liked #3 Stephen R DeVoy Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 6:46 PM
Relativity... Mr. King Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:04 PM
wow wow Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:22 PM
wow wow Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003 at 7:30 PM
Thanks! Seth Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 2:09 PM
Go ahead, Eve... Gardener Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 3:55 PM
Told you so Bob Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 4:38 PM
How can knowledge and wisdom possibly be separate from God? Seth Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 4:58 PM
But Grandma... LilRedRidingHood Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 5:07 PM
A false prophet? Mr. King Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003 at 8:56 PM
Bzzzzzt Thanks for playing. NoBushFan Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 5:37 AM
GWB contempt Mr. King Friday, Aug. 22, 2003 at 2:18 PM
ENLIGHTEN-MINT ICE CREAM Mr. King Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 7:22 AM
Seth Ti & Do Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 7:50 AM
Kept in mind. Seth Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 8:29 AM
As reason to vote... Mr. King Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 8:47 AM
wow wow Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 5:47 AM
Wow Mr. King Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 12:31 PM
wow wow Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 12:37 PM
Superb jb Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 3:07 PM
Ode to Seth King my heart sings Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 4:44 PM
Examples please? Dead French Grandmother Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 5:57 PM
Pass the Torch Mr. King Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 7:27 PM
Examples... Mr. King Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 7:40 PM
wow wow Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 7:56 PM
Expen$ive party in the middle of the desert... Mr. King Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 8:16 PM
Good night... Mr. King Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003 at 9:19 PM
Thanks for the support... Mr. King Thursday, Sep. 04, 2003 at 12:56 PM
wow horus Saturday, Sep. 06, 2003 at 1:16 PM
The Peace Empowerment Project Seth David King Wednesday, Oct. 08, 2003 at 8:40 PM
Maintaining Focus... Impressed 1... Friday, Nov. 07, 2003 at 3:02 PM
The Peace Empowerment Project Seth D. King Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at 7:20 PM
Makin' steps... S. King Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 at 8:38 PM
YEPP YEPP Team Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at 12:14 PM
cool more rational Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at 3:10 PM
Dr. Ray Mazon Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2003 at 8:52 AM

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

EPA Head Scott Pruitt: Of Cages And Sirens A06 2:15PM

The Shortwave Report 04/06/18 Listen Globally! A05 4:25PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy