Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today's Young Student Is Tomorrow's Scientist, Physician, Legislator, Journalist, Inventor, Mover, Shaker,...

Teachers love having access to interesting, grade-appropriate lesson plans that meet their state educational standards. They simply appreciate having new ideas and help putting together engaging lessons for their students that make a point... or two... or three.

There are organizations with websites that specialize in distributing those lesson plans to educators. There are foundations that focus on youth and quality educations. There are countless relatives of those who have been lost to ALS who are good teachers who could contribute to lesson plans. There are dozens and dozens of topics related to ALS that could be built into interesting lesson plans that would teach students about literature or math or history or political science or the arts (and tangentially about ALS).

Who doesn't remember that class project or book that piqued a vocational interest or influenced a class selection in college? We need to be planting the seeds so that some young people might find a spark of interest about ALS. They will be come ALS-aware adults who will make a difference.

Think about some of the lessons that could be built around these (and hundreds of others) that could sow ALS lessons within a bigger theme --
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Lou Gehrig's Amazing Records
  • What Do Disease Numbers Mean
  • Clinical Trials
  • Medical Quackery
  • Famous Performing Artists (The ALS list is long and diverse)
  • Mao
  • A Day In The Life Of A Research Scientist
  • How Laws Are Passed In The U.S.
  • Clever Inventions To Help Disabled People
  • Famous Athletes (Again, the ALS list is long and diverse)
  • Veterans' Battles After The War
We reap what we sow. Kids are more than cute fundraisers.

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