Watch My Danish Adventures. . .

So I'm heading to Denmark tomorrow, serving as the Educational Facilitator on a professional development trip for the Center for International Understanding.  I'll be helping a group of 20 North Carolina teachers to think about how they can connect their experiences abroad to their classroom instruction.

A side benefit for me is that I teach sixth grade social studies, and Europe is a major part of our curriculum.  Specifically, we look carefully at the European Union, studying the differences between social welfare nations like Denmark and free-market nations like the United States. 

While I'm in Denmark, I'll be recording a bunch of instructional videos for my students to watch.  I figured that would be a great way for me to keep in touch with them while away—-the sub is going to love having a new video to share with the kids every day—-and a great way for me to build an archive of teaching videos to draw from in the future. 

If you're interested in seeing what I'm up to, check this post regularly.  IF I've set things up right, the media player below will update itself each time that I post a new video—-and if I haven't set it up right, you can always go directly to my channel on Blip TV

(Note that the only videos on my Blip TV channel right now are a few clips that some of my old students shot for a recent project.  The Danish Adventures will start to appear once I get there!)

7 comments

  1. Evelyn

    Bill,
    Thank you. First of all, I think that the United States could benefit from having more forwarding thinking educators like yourself!
    I’m not in education, rather a Sociology grad-student with an interest in educational egalitarianism, with strong roots in the Danish traditions of equality.
    I think that a country of 330 million could most certainly successfully implement some policies similar to a smaller nation’s. What stands out to me the most in the US educational system, is the practice of ‘tracking’ and all the variations of a system where children are ranked and placed on different academic levels. Given the racist historical origins of educational tracking, I am perplexed that more has not been done to disassemble such a system or practice. I understand the complexities of a large country, in a federal system with the constitutional rights afforded to individual states. However, I feel that it would not take much effort from the federal government to alleviate some inequalities in education, by proposing a system of de-tracking and with more inclusive ways of teaching. I know that some efforts have been made in this direction, but, it appears not enough.
    What are your thoughts on that? And can you speak to NC in particular?

  2. Bill Ferriter

    Hey Evelyn,
    Thanks a ton for your kind words about my Danish Adventures series! Honestly, Ive fallen in love with your country — and that was a surprise to me!
    I originally won a trip there after being a finalist for state teacher of the year here in North Carolina and I was a bit let down simply because I didnt know much about Danes or Danish culture.
    After my trips, my thinking completely changed. Not only do I love the history — both of your principled stands during World War II and the Viking foundations of who you are — but I loved the choices that youve made to protect the environment, to make sure that everyone has a chance to live a fulfilled and happy life, and to make education something more than a series of forced marches through standardized tests.
    The trips left me thinking more than once about the differences between the US and Denmark — and whether a nation of 330 million people could adapt some of the practices that have made a nation of 5 million people so successful.
    I dont think Denmark will ever be very far away from my heart and my mind. In fact, Ive just started saving for my third trip!
    Rock right on,
    Bill

  3. Evelyn

    I am a Dane, living in North Carolina and I randomly found your blog on the web. I have to say that I am impressed with your trip to Denmark and the research efforts made. Particularly with your coverage of our (excellent) exam system and the daily video blogs. I’m happy that you incorporated some history into the trip (especially the stuff about the resistance movement under WW2).
    I hope it was useful for your students, yourself and other educators in NC.
    Thank you
    The Dane

  4. j m

    “[Teachers] are leaders and actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses.”
    This is from the 5 propositions taught by the organization responsible for teacher certification. Is this certification process a tricky way to offload some education costs onto private business thus exposing kids to more in-house advertising?

  5. Carly Albee

    You are awesome…should’ve been a t.v. correspondent. Wait, I’m really glad you’re putting your talents to use in the classroom. Still jealous you’re in Denmark. Can’t wait to hear stories. Can I get some lessons from you on video correspondence before my Belize trip? Coming through Raleigh on my way to Belize.