Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Being the Change #cyberPD Ch. 3-4

This summer's #cyberPD online educator book club is tackling the brand-new (and inspiring!) Being the Change: lessons and strategies to teach social comprehension by Sara Ahmed. Join us during the month of July as we read, discuss, and reflect on this powerful book and how to incorporate it into our classrooms. You can find all the details about #cyberPD here and/or click here to join the Google+ discussion group.

Thoughts on Chapters 3-4

Chapter 3 covers bias, microaggressions, and countering stereotypes and prejudice, while Chapter 4 hits on becoming better informed. There are so many people in our country right now who need these understandings uploaded directly into their brains! [Doesn't it say something that my Google spellchecker does not recognize "microaggression" as a word? Sigh.]

I love the combination of lessons in these two sections: working towards understanding personal bias (Chapter 3) and working towards understanding systemic bias, like "fake news" and evaluating sources (Chapter 4). Media literacy is a HUGE topic right now and one that every teacher needs to be addressing.

There is a great new book series out to help teachers educate students about how to evaluate information: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! and Two Truths and a Lie: Histories and Mysteries. Each book is divided into chapters that feature three nonfiction articles around a related theme. However, one article is a lie! Readers are challenged to carefully read each article and see if they can sleuth out the truths from the fiction. A chapter of research skills is provided that highlights some great strategies to use too. I think this will be a really fun way to get kids thinking critically about how and where they get their information. Definitely a great fit for the lessons in Being the Change!

What resources have you found that you might use with the lessons from these two chapters?

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  1. Great share, Katie! I will be sure to pass this recommendation on to my colleagues who teach grades 4-7. I hope someone produces a similar resource for high school students.

  2. I've heard of this series before, but haven't pick up one of the books yet. You have me interested! I think this format will help in teaching students about bias or generalizations. You can't believe everything you read! It's also a great strategy to teach that you need to find out for yourself! Thanks for sharing!


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