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needs your help!

Do you know of an area or national K-12 conference? TEAMS is looking to send members to various teacher focused conferences, but to do that we need to find out which conferences exist and when and where they are held. These meetings can be relevant to studies of standardized testing (such as the AP, the SAT other national or state testing), of content or discipline (such as English, History, Art, Music, etc.), or anything else that either completely or partially focuses upon the study of the Middle Ages.

Please send conference information to:

Dr. Thomas Goodmann
(University of Miami)

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for the
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

1) The Creative Classroom: TEAMS Board members Bonnie Wheeler and Ben Ambler propose a session on new teaching in medieval studies programs nationally, a session on best contemporary practices of teaching medieval courses and structuring viable and intellectually vivid interdisciplinary medieval programs at the undergraduate level in a period of diminished fiscal and faculty resources. This session will also reflect the results of a year-long faculty seminar to be conducted at Southern Methodist University in 2016-17. Paper session.

2) Richard Coeur de Lion: His Life and Afterlife: This session, proposed by Russell Peck, will be devoted to four fifteen minute or three twenty minute essays on diverse topics, ranging from the historical Richard (whether Duke or King), the relationship between Richard and his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine, his coronation, the Third Crusade, the origin of his nomer Lionheart, the facts and fictions regarding Richard and his brother John, his rivalry with the King of France,, and topics of that kind; and/or, to ways in which he is subsequently represented in fiction, ranging from sainthood worthy of canonization 33 years after his death, or in his role as savior of England in Robin Hood narratives (particularly in cinema), or as a son of the fiend in some ecclesiastical scenarios, or, as a cannibalizing monster in works like the Middle English Richard Coer de Lyon, or as one caught up in gay behavior as represented by James Goldman in The Lion in Winter. The session will be a playful attempt to get at the conundrum: “Who is Richard I?” – an identity cankerdort that afflicts all three of the British Richardian kings. Paper session.

3) Building (Draw)bridges: this poster session addresses teaching the Middle Ages to students in grades K-8 in a workshop-style format, where presenters each will have their own table to demonstrate a lesson plan idea and provide take-away materials, or to provide information about resources and adapting materials to be age appropriate. This session speaks to an important part of the TEAMS mission to support teaching medieval studies at all educational levels One of those involved, Sarah Layman, will work to meet Michigan standards for professional development in an effort to engage area K-8 teachers.

Send inquires to:
Thomas Goodmann Univ. of Miami
Ashe Bldg., Room 321
1252 Memorial Dr.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 786-390-2509
Fax: 305-284-5635


2017 TEAMS
Teaching Prize

Competition for
K-12 Teachers!

Teachers! Send us your best lesson plans for teaching the Middle Ages!
DEADLINE for Submissions: May 15, 2017


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Recent Publications

The King of Tars (2015)
Edited by John H. Chandler

Oton de Granson Poems (2015)
Edited and Translated by
Peter Nicholson and
Joan Grenier-Winther

The Complete Harley 2253 Manuscript
Edited and translated by
Susanna Fein with
David Raybin and
Jan Ziolkowski
Volume 1 (2015)
Volume 2 (2014)
Volume 3 (2014)

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