Seeking Submissions for the Fourth Annual TEAMS-Medieval Teaching Prize

Deadline for Submissions:  July 1, 2017!

TEAMS is seeking submissions for its fourth annual teaching prize for K-12 teachers. Teachers are encouraged to submit their original, unpublished lesson plans dealing with medieval studies topics for consideration. Teachers of winning submissions will receive cash prizes and publication of their lessons in the The Once and Future Classroom. Lessons might have been designed as part of a medieval unit, a component of a survey course, or be drawn from a class designed around a specific text or topic (i.e. Beowulf or Robin Hood). However they fit into your classroom, we want to see them!

Purpose: To recognize excellence in designing and teaching lessons in medieval studies, including but not limited to such areas as history, literature, and art history, in K-12 schools.

Award: Winning lessons will be published in the fall edition of The Once and Future Classroom. The first prize recipient will receive a cash award of $1000, and the second prize recipient will receive $500. Circumstances allowing, the first prize recipient of the 9-12 category will be asked to present his or her paper in a TEAMS-sponsored session at the following year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at which time their award will be formally presented to them. A travel subsidy will be provided to the prize recipient to help make their involvement at the conference possible.

Format: The lesson should be submitted in a narrative format. TEAMS suggests the following elements be included as minimum guidelines:

An introduction that specifies for whom the lesson was designed, the purpose of the lesson, and how it fits into the larger unit or curriculum.

A body that discusses how the lesson was taught, including any preliminary preparation, details regarding implementation, and how student learning was assessed.

A conclusion that includes such things as reflections on the success of the lesson in the classroom and possible ways the lesson might be modified for different situations.

Appendices with any relevant handouts or other supporting materials, and/or a list of resources for students and teachers.

All submissions should include a cover sheet indicating the title of the lesson, the teacher’s name and title, the teacher’s institutional affiliation, and indicating which category the lesson falls under: grades K-8 or grades 9-12. Prizes may be awarded to either category or both, but not necessarily one to each.

Deadline: July 1, 2017.

Please feel free to complete the form below (copy and paste your submission into the box provided) or submit your application to: teachingprize@teams-medieval.org

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Seeking Submissions for Spring 2017 Issue

The Once and Future Classroom is a TEAMS-sponsored peer-reviewed online journal dedicated to encouraging and facilitating medieval studies at all levels of instruction, including at the college level. This journal is for anyone interested in the teaching of any area related to the study of the Middle Ages. The pieces we publish include:

  • accounts of emerging work in fields of research related to the teaching of medieval studies
  • lesson plans
  • critical reviews of web resources, audiovisual materials, and other secondary works suitable for classroom use
  • reports on promising new classroom techniques, educational programs, curricula, digital innovations, and methods of evaluating instructional effectiveness
  • annotated bibliographies of medieval studies themes
  • responses to previous articles
  • reviews of literature and films related to medieval studies

Manuscripts and any additional inquiries should be submitted online or by post to: Gale Sigal, Managing Editor, at sigal@wfu.edu

Gale Sigal
Department of English
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC. 27109

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Medieval Tales in Performance

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you of the existence of an exciting new performance platform, and to remind you of two other performance websites—all of which can be valuable to you in your teaching of the Middle Ages, and potentially in your scholarship as well.

The new performance platform is on Youtube and is titled “Medieval Tales in Performance”; its URL is  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wz1uR1Sl93vNMWML2Ieyw   It showcases the exciting work of a number of young professional actors–and a highly talented videographer–who are doing great (and some unusual) scenes from medieval literature in a sophisticated and professional manner. The site also has links to medieval music and many other aspects of medieval culture. I think your students will really enjoy it!

And we remind you of “Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase” – http://mednar.org/   This site now contains over 200 clips of medieval narrative. It is a tremendous resource for all who teach medieval literature—your students can see and hear how scenes they read  might have been performed, or can be performed today. The site also has a bibliography, teaching tips and other useful tools.

Finally we remind you of our Vimeo site, devoted exclusively to Arthurian literature: “Arthurian Legend Performed” (http://vimeo.com/ArthurPerform).  Some of the clips are performed in the original languages; we plan to continue to expand this site.

All of these clips, on the various platforms, can be viewed on your cell phone as well as on your computer.

We welcome your feedback–and your suggestions for new clips.

Cheers—and wishing you a great year,
Timmie Vitz and Marilyn Lawrence
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Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz
Professor of French, New York University

Acting Director of Undergraduate Study in French
Affiliated Professor of Comparative Literature, Medieval
and Renaissance Studies, and Religious Studies
19 University Place, #623, New York, NY 10003
New! “Medieval Tales in Performance”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2wz1uR1Sl93vNMWML2Ieyw
“Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video Showcase” –http://mednar.org/  
“Arthurian Legend Performed” – http://vimeo.com/ArthurPerform 
NYU Research page: http://french.as.nyu.edu/object/EvelynBirgeVitz.html

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