10-Rep Learning ~ Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology & Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague


9/11 – 2019

Hard to believe that 18 years have passed since the 11th day of September, 2001.

Most of our young people were in school that day – they were in our classrooms. 

We will never forget how our lesson plans went away that day as we attempted the impossibly difficult task of helping kids process what they saw/heard/felt. 

Fred Rogers “Mister Rogers” said it best,

“When I was a boy,” Rogers recalled, “and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”


As he responded to the events of 9/11 Mister Rogers, as recalled in biographical documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” called us to “Tikkun Olam” – 

Video Source: Colter, A. (2019, March 31). Fred Rogers on 9/11-Tikkun Olam.  [YouTube] Retrieved from this link

So many people were thrust into the empathetic practice of “Tikkun Olam” which means “World Repair” and “Repairers of the Breach.”

Thank you for being there that day in your classroom. Thank you for serving our kids today.


More video wisdom from Mister Rogers at this link and this link


In Remembrance…


“Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.”
~William Shakespeare

Photo By Richard Nesbit
Used with permission from Richard Nesbit




Classroom Activities for Remembering 9-11

Candle and Ribbon

Children who were just beginning elementary school on September 11 are just beginning their senior year in high school this year or their first year of  college.

The majority of students must learn about the events of 9-11 from resources instead of experiential memory. Primary resources are extremely necessary when addressing and teaching about 9-11.









Here are a few ideas that may help:

Lesson Coordination across age groups may include:

Grades K-5: Lessons on:
heroes, especially Americans in emergency rescue careers.
remembering an event without celebrating it.
read stories to children of helping others, helping each other

Grades 6-8 Lessons On:
the importance of first-responders, characteristics of bravery, vocabulary words such as valor, public service, emergency response, pilots. Discuss the importance and history of the American flag, the significance of the act throughout history and  today, read/showcase biographies of heroes of the day. Discuss the role of the hero and the characteristics of heroes. Take a virtual field trip to the 9-11 memorial and discuss the reasons why a new structure has not been built in the same area. Students can design and display their own commemorative symbol.

Grades 9-12 Lessons On:
Create a newspaper that includes news reports by students about the day and  interviews or video clips with local officials and rescue workers. Discussions can include the  children born post-9/11 who lost fathers in the attacks, mourning and grieving,  patriotism and how it has changed since 9/11 and who were the terrorists. Relate the characteristics of heroes to events in students’ lives. Invite a firefighter, medic, EMT worker, police officer, relief worker to speak in your class. Discuss volunteers and volunteer organizations in your area. Invite students  to volunteer for something in their community related to 9/11. Students can design and display their own commemorative symbol. Read letters from officials, victim’s families and  service workers about the events of 9/11. Have each student list five ways to  keep America safe from terrorism. Create a word cloud to represent 9-11. View the documentary “Footnotes to 9-11” by CNN

9-11 word cloud

Source of this word cloud (available for download)
 Read more:
Remembering 9-11 from PBS Newshour
Classroom Activities for Remembering 9/11 | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7611562_classroom-activities-remembering-911.html#ixzz264MFLbtz
Remember September 11 Activities and Resources from Education World
Remembering 9-11 from Scholastic (although written to commemorate the tenth year after the attacks, the ideas and activities are transferable for this year)
The Pentagon Memorial Fund, founded by relatives of 9/11 victims, has a lesson plan page.
The Smithsonian National History Museum has a resource page for teachers.

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