Facing History and Ourselves offers a lesson that challenges students’ assumptions with curiosity. In the lesson, students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens’ values, identities, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the country. The lesson, which takes two 50-minute class periods, is designed to help students move beyond the assumptions they may make about others and become more perceptive, thoughtful, and curious about their fellow citizens. It can serve as a preliminary step in a project that engages students in dialogue with young people in other schools and regions.
As teachers, we must check our systems for
equity each time we walk into our classrooms. The key word here is “systems,” for
without thoughtful practices, even the most well-intentioned among us fall into
the old traps of expediency, implicit bias, and tradition. Here are a few
practical structures I use as equity checks that take very little time to
Women @ NASA features short films that explore the careers and backgrounds of career women who work for NASA in each of the STEM areas.The website includes a collection of 64 videos and essays from women across the agency who contribute to NASA’s mission in many different ways.
Coming soon from Scholastic Education … Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—engaging stories of student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading is about constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief Introduction; Why?—Benefits of the engagement; Who?—Students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—Materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/Stepping Back—Concluding the engagement; How’s It Going? Informal Assessment; and Sources for more information. Packed with helpful tips, photos, an appendix of forms, and a companion website featuring real classroom videos, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.