Well, we’ve made it through the 2019 – 2020 school year!
We’ve put in the time to create a whole new world for our students, building the airplane while flying it.
What will happen this summer? We attended a cattle show this past weekend with no one allowed but exhibitors. That’s all fine and good unless the exhibitors and their families are practicing social distancing (which most were not). No masks in the gas station on the way home, no masks in the home/garden store I was in today. I don’t think we’ll be at school in the fall, we aren’t taking things seriously, but that’s just my opinion.
Tonight, our #IAedchat was about social-emotional learning, and the last question was:
How can we help students develop hope, especially marginalized students who have been disproportionately impacted through systems of oppression and racism?
My response to this question:
For me, communication is key. And more so right now, education. I living where I live (2% minority population in our school at best), I need to have a voice. How can I do that when there are things I just don’t understand?
So, my readers, help me out here. I’m looking for blogs, books, articles, Twitter users, Facebook groups, whatever you’ve got about social justice, racial justice, anti-racism, all of it. The social-emotional learning I can get. The protests right now, I feel like a new teacher, brand freakin’ new. I need to be a better teacher of this social and racial justice, but teaching in a basically white district, a white county (96% white), and a white state (91% white), I’m pretty well clueless. It’s hard to ask for help, but I know it’s something I need, right now.
Any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
June 1, 2020 at 6:33 am
Our district started a program called Yes! two years ago that is a systemic approach to help kids accept diversity. Here is a link to one of the presenters. He is very inspiring. https://www.cascadianow.org/new-wilderness-project-nw. His Dad is also an advocate for teaching diversity-Gary Howard. He wrote a book, “We Can’t Teach What We Don’t Know,” which I would also recommend. Also, look into “The Human Library Organization.” A book I have used with good results is, “Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension
by Sara K. Ahmed :” Thanks for making yourself vulnerable. I think that’s what it is going to take to make any kind of difference. I’m looking forward to hearing how your instruction in this area proceeds.