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Missions: Summary and Evaluation

If I had to name this unit I might choose this:

Romance & Repulsion

That’s because it is historically romantic to think about the creation of the mission system.

About Serra’s walk.

About having the missions still here.

I love the story.

But I don’t love the purpose – civilize and spiritualize the Native Americans.

Even though I am a Christian, I don’t believe in making everyone the same.

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Missions: For Future Teachers

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Missions: B4 Educational Implications

My neighbors went to Crete and Venice this summer.

Before they went, they not only made all of their travel arrangements online, they used the Internet to find out where they were going and what to do when they got there.

Now we need to teach our students how to use the Internet for pre-everything, including pre-learning.

Students can learn enough to create a list of questions.

Students can walk in to a place (or a book) with some notion of what it is about so they have already leveled-up!

Have you ever seen Mona Lisa Smiles?  Julia Roberts plays the lead and she starts her first lecture in Art History with a slide show.  When she asks students if they are familiar with the first image, they all are.  She asks, “Have any of you taken Art History before?”  None of them have; they’ve done their homework.  They “leveled-up”.

If we let kids do this, they will grow so much farther than we expect.

Any problems with this?  Yep!  They might ONLY go to the website.  They might not know how to evaluate the website and they might use information that is not verifiable.

So the lessons have to be created so that the enhancement can be measured.

No.

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Missions: B3, Websites Revisited

B3 – How were the two online research experiences different?  Which type of research (pre or post  visits) was more motivating for you?

When I looked at at the websites before I went, I did not have anything to hook information to.  It was interesting and it helped to have a picture in my mind when I actually went to the places and it was kind of nice to get a little background information.  It certainly helped me know what to look for.  And helped me formulate some questions.

It was way more fun to go off on my own … I Google-Earthed and Google-Mapped the places where I was going so that I could see where they were and how to get there.  It drew my interest to see where they sit in CA – especially in relation to other things I know (like home and the ocean).

Regarding the research:  I am a computer teacher.  I am also the webmaster for our school.  And a genealogist with about a  billion hours of research experience. Reading the website was kind of painful – most of these websites are out of date in their style, though the information is fine.  Here is an example:  On the cuca. K12 website, see those boxes?  Those are tables with cellpadding and cellspacing set to about 5 with the borders showing.  Nobody does that anymore.  (http://www.cuca.k12.ca.us/lessons/missions/Cruz/SantaCruz.html).  It’s unsophisticated.

However, I enjoyed taking the little quiz on that site (they call it Graphic Tour)  – the visit made me want to learn more!  I got an A on the test  (I cheated, looking everything up again as I went along).  It’s so hard anymore to memorize things when we know that if we need it, the information is available with a click on a phone.

When I got home, I was much more interested in some of the details – I found this sentence the Wikipedia site to be rather shocking: “As with the other California missions, Mission Santa Cruz served as a site for ecclesiastical conversion of natives”.  We don’t think of it that way – the pretty little missions that the 5th graders built ….  are they taught that it was good to convert someone else?  I wonder how teachers handle that now – it seems so wrong to me (I’m a liberal)!

Truth is, there aren’t really any modern websites about this topic.  I did a bunch of research and found very little … I linked a couple of sites to the blog.

In my after-visit research, I enjoyed this interesting fact about Santa Cruz: “Historic Garden was begun over the old Mission burial grounds in tribute to our Native American brothers and sisters.” (http://www.holycrosssantacruz.com/about_us.html). “

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B2a–1st picture at mission B Carmel

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B2b–2nd picture at mission B Carmel

B2b–2nd picture at mission B  Carmel

My own research: http://www.missionsantaines.org/treasures.html

I like this website: It has a picture of the vestment worn by Junipero Serra. It’s real.

Anyway, I took a picture of myself in the mirror of the room that housed the vestments that are on display.  It was dark in there.  No fog in Carmel that day, so it must have been the room.  It is delicious to imagine the priests wearing those vestments – although there was no air conditioning back then, so I hope they said mass early in the day!

I had my picture taken at the alter in Carmel because JS is buried there.  Beside the alter area there is a glass coffin with the remains of the original  JS wooden coffin; they lost and found him a couple of times and he is now reburied under the floor of the alter in a coffin like the glass one on display. (at least I think that is what they meant by “replica”).

Anyway, I took a picture of myself in the mirror of the room that housed the vestments that are on display.  It was dark in there.  No fog in Carmel that day, so it must have been the room.  It is delicious to imagine the priests wearing those vestments – although there was no air conditioning back then, so I hope they said mass early in the day!

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B1b– 2nd picture at mission A : Santa Cruz

At the mission in SC, I had a picture taken in the church.  With the alter in the background.  It reminded me of the picture I had taken in Carmel – both are kind of holy places since original pieces of the missions are there.

I did research of my own on this topic and I found this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Santa_Cruz.  It’s funny – you can see that the church looks long and narrow.  Truth is, it is very small.  And it was dark in there.  Of course it is very foggy right now in SC so perhaps there was little light shining in that day.

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