“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford


It all started with a simple post to the Teachable Moments Submission Forum from Subhra Kanti Das of Harvest International School in Ludhiana,Punjab India. His article ‘Art and Philosophy’ can be found in the teacher forum pages. While reading the article, a ‘teachable moment’ was triggered in my mind for a great lesson. The article states that the ‘human angle’ of global current events can be felt through the power of art. In a world of 24-hour news coverage, it is important to slow students down and have them analyze and reflect upon a static representation in order to reach a level of depth that a passing glance doesn’t reach.

This T2M inspired my students to briefly research photographs that were taken during the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11th. After reading the article provided by my international co-teacher, Subhra, my students used the Internet to harvest photos that captured their impression of what the tragedy truly meant. They then reflected upon the experience and crafted a three-part reflective paragraph to capture their individual perspective.

It does not take much to trigger a teachable moment…sometimes just an inspired idea or concept. In this case, it was one teacher sharing an interesting article. I encourage everyone to take a look at the T2M that Subhra and I are working on together. Please take the lesson and try it with your students. You can post a response to the forum with attachments of your student work. Have fun exploring the world and learning with your international co-teachers.

Gregory M. McGough, M.Ed.

CII Chief Academic Officer

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