Five Questions for Elementary Teacher Neme Alperstein | Teaching with the Library of Congress: "I teach fifth grade gifted and talented students in a New York City public school, P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount. We’re in the borough of Queens, in an area considered to be one of the most diverse in the nation. Our library circulation is one of the largest in the country (we like to think the largest, but I haven’t seen that statistic). Our school library has just been redone and our collection is digitally available. We also can order online books that are delivered to us through the NY Public Library at no cost. Sets of books are available and we use this to bolster our work with the Library’s resources."
We are also participating in the Web Archive-it project and so the students reflect on why preserving primary sources is so crucial. My best answer in the class was, “We don’t know why we will use them yet and may find new questions to ask. We can only do that if we preserve primary sources so we can use them in the future.” Students constructing a story as “primary source detectives” has appealed to colleagues because of what it can bring to the classroom.
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