One thing the email said was "I can think of many educational uses for this [bald eagle video feed]." I was very confused for a moment, after all, what on earth could watching a Bald Eagle possibly have to do with teaching satire from the Restoration Period in England, or analyzing Patrick Henry's speech from the Virginia Convention in 1775 for rhetorical devices? Sure, the eagle is the official symbol of America and my Junior class has been studying American literature...but that's about the only connection. What is there to do?
And that's when I remembered. There are actually students in the district that A) aren't learning English/Language Arts at any given time and B) aren't even in high school. In fact, the majority of students in district are younger than the high school level. This sounds obvious as I type it, but it's actually so easy to get caught in the English/Instructional Technology world that I completely forget my students not only have other subjects to attend, but have lived 13 years through a series of developmentally appropriate learning experiences. In my mind, the school is five English classes a day...and that's it, but from the totality of the Central leadership role, the district is meeting so many more needs, electives, subjects, interests, ages, and issues. Though the Bald Eagle wasn't really relevant to my class, it was a moment to remember that it's all just part of this larger picture.
Of course, I still did make sure to put the bird on the projector for a few minutes in each class. Can't let science have all the fun. You should check it out too. Have a great night!