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September 2016

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Hanging with the King JAC K I E J O N E S 107th Street Elementary School fifth-grade teacher U N I T E D T E AC H E RS LO S A N G E L E S I went to Hawaii with my three sisters for a family vacation. Here I am in Honolulu, in front of King Kamehameha. I've always seen that statue on the TV show Hawaii 5-0 in the opening credits and have wondered about the importance of it. I learned King Kamehameha was the great Hawaiian Warrior-King who united the Hawaiian Islands. This will be a good social studies lesson to teach my students about courage, deter- mination and bravery. Visiting Canada, eh? H E I D I S C H U M A K E R Murrieta High School teacher resource specialist M U R R I E TA T E AC H E RS A S S O C I AT I O N My boyfriend, Kirby Cramer, and I started our trip in Seattle and went on to Victoria and British Columbia. When we went to places with beautiful scenery, I forgot to bring my mag- azine. Finally, I remembered to bring it in Sidney, B.C., which is very quaint and cute. I took a million pictures for my students, and we will talk about currency, exchanging money, and different ways of travel, because we took ferries and rode on a seaplane from Seattle to Victoria. I will also show them pictures of Mount Rainier. Revisiting a Sad Chapter in History T O N YA M cQUA DE Los Gatos High School English teacher LO S G ATO S - SA R ATO G A U N I O N H I G H S C H O O L D I ST R I CT T E AC H E RS A S S O C I AT I O N My husband Michael and I took a road trip along Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra. I had wanted to see Manzanar (a Japanese internment camp) for years, and it was a very powerful and emotional experience. In the past, I taught my juniors in American literature about Manzanar and had them read the chapter from Farewell to Manzanar titled "Free to Go" as part of our unit on World War II/Vietnam literature. It is so important for students to know this history, especially considering the way various groups have been targeted in our country recently. We need to be sure something like this does not happen again. I found the exhibits very informative and took lots of pictures to use in a PowerPoint to explain the history of the internment camps. I will also examine more recent examples from the news as we consider ongoing issues of hatred and prejudice. Reading CTA at the NEA RA in DC SA M A N T H A W I L L I A M S Williams Middle School leadership teacher T R ACY E D U C ATO RS A S S O C I AT I O N Brought my California Educator to the NEA Repre- sentative Assembly in Washington, D.C. It was my seventh RA. I'm always amazed that people can actually get up and speak and be on the big screen. I'm not sure I could ever do that. 43 September 2016

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