Tuesday, August 17, 2010
It comes full circle, at one point—the reading and research one does, the teaching one loves, the books one writes. Dangerous Neighbors may be my twelfth book, but it is the first book for which I've ever created a teacher's guide. The behind-the-scenes history of the Centennial can be found in these pages. So can the irreducible Mrs. Gillespie and perhaps my favorite Philadelphian of all, George Childs. But mostly this teacher's guide offers a range of classroom exercises—from team projects to personal essays to broad discussions about community, innovation, media, even classified ads. I hope that this guide opens doors for both teachers and students who recognize that the past—its lessons, its influences, its legacies—is alive in the right now.
The guide can be found here.
Thanks to Egmont USA's Elizabeth Law, Mary Albi, Katie Halata, Nico Medina, Greg Ferguson, and Rob Guzman, who cheered this guide on, and made it better. Thank you to Stacey Swigart for paying close attention. Thank you to the original William for teaching me a dash of In Design. And thanks to Elizabeth Mosier, for saying, Why don't you....