Category Archives: Blog

  • Language of the Month: Massachusett

    Posted on November 23, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month.

    Growing up, many of our American readers learned about the first Thanksgiving in elementary school. While we learned varying accounts, with a varying accuracy, depending on what generation we are, most of us were made familiar with Squanto, the first “Indian” to make contact with the Pilgrims of the Mayflower. We now know more of […]

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  • Language of the Month: Estonian

    Posted on October 30, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month, Uncategorized.

    As someone who frequently consumes news about languages and language learning, it’s always interesting to see what language will suddenly be put to the forefront of the public conscience, either because of its direct use, such as Kamala Harris casually using Tamil words in campaign speeches, or indirectly by bringing a country or people to […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner Digital Edition: Virtual Interpretive Reading

    Posted on October 19, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Teacher's Corner.

    By now, most of us have been doing some form of digital teaching for nearly 2 months; whether it be completely digital where we “see” each child every day on Zoom or Google Meets (more likely their avatar or name). Maybe we are doing a hybrid model where some students are online and others are […]

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  • Language of the Month: Tamil

    Posted on September 27, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month.

    Late last month, Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-CA) was a minor sensation in India for her use of the word “chithis,” or auntie. Harris, who has visited Chenani, a town in the Indian Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, before to learn more about her mother’s side of her family, with her father’s side […]

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  • Interview with Chelsea McCracken

    Posted on September 16, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Interviews.

    If you are a frequent follow of our website, you probably saw last month’s Language of the Month was about Belep, a language found in New Caledonia. My main contact point for information and clarification was Chelsea McCracken of Rice University. I had the opportunity to ask her a few follow up questions, which were […]

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  • Language of the Month: Belep

    Posted on August 27, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month, Uncategorized.

    We are extremely fortunate to be “based” out of Maryland as a Museum, as we always have a wide variety of voices and languages surrounding us every day. Recently, we had a linguist, Dr. Chelsea McCracken, reach out to us, and through her connection I learned about a wonderful language named Belep.  While the word […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner: Creating a Bitmoji Classroom

    Posted on August 17, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Teacher's Corner.

    As many schools are either on the cusp of beginning their new years or have just begun, many of us have probably seen a lot about “Bitmoji classrooms” from colleagues and social media groups. Especially for teachers like me who will begin the year virtually, these can be a great resource to show your personality […]

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  • Language of the Month: Twulshootseed

    Posted on July 28, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month.

    Due to the various government mandates, and several cancelled travel plans, I have taken time this summer to explore our great nation, and its even greater outdoors. From the Shenandoah Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains, there is plenty of beauty to explore without even needing a passport. One of my many adventures has been […]

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  • Teacher’s Corner: Distance Learning, A How-To Guide

    Posted on July 22, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Teacher's Corner.

    Note: This article is based on experiences with Baltimore County Public Schools curriculum, and is adapted from a project for a seminar entitled Mentoring the New Teacher, Part 2. Trying to teach a language can be tough, and even more so when the new language is being taught through Schoology, Canvas, or Blackboard sounds crazy, […]

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  • Language of the Month: Gullah

    Posted on June 19, 2020 by Rob Glass in Blog, Language of the Month.

    At the Museum, we respect those from backgrounds, races, and cultures all over the globe. Recent events have shown that the American ideals of liberty and justice for all have not yet been fully achieved.  We are sharing this message to show our support for the massive movement for justice and equality that these events […]

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