After students understand the 4 quadrants, show them/use video clips, scenarios, case studies, and examples from their own lives and determine what quadrant the actions exemplify.
Letter from a Mother
I have my teacher candidates write a response to the mother.
Voiceless or Silenced?
What is the difference? Why does it matter?
Is it a boy or a girl?
Use this image to explore the difference between sex and gender.
Let them Choose
At Phoenix Rising in Tulsa, OK (a school I have coached for 5 years), students decide who will present them their high school diploma. Students often choose their parents, siblings, mentors, teachers, or significant others. This small choice transforms a typical graduation ceremony into a deeply personal and unforgettable celebration.
How to Paint a Donkey
ACT LIKE A LADY / GUY
Surface the hidden messages students (and teachers) are taught about gender... and then rewrite them and redress inequity!
What is the Hidden Curriculum of your school and classroom telling your students? Is it consistent with the explicit message?
Dystopias to Teach Equity Literacy
Literacy and critical consciousness at MET West in Oakland, CA.
"Get a School Dog" said Ted Sizer
I once met Ted Sizer and we asked him if he had any advice for us as we opened a new urban high school. He said, "Get a school dog." This puppy is the school dog for a program serving adjudicated youth in Tulsa Public Schools. Dogs in schools are healing, promote prosocial behavior, and they are great to read to!
Who Am I? Project
Each student makes a thumb print. Blow the print up using a doc cam. Trace it. Write words or a "Who AM I?" or "Where I am From" poem on the individualized lines. Thank Ms. Bob from TRAICE Academy!
My Top Goals Chart
Way to stay student focussed Cassie!
Success is MESSY
Have kids use this drawing of success to retell a time they achieved success, to make a timeline, to reflect on a quarter, semester, a year, or a goal.
Social Power Chart
Curriculum, instruction, and charts like these develop students' and teachers' critical socio-cultural consciousness, the kind of consciousness needed to see and redress inequity.
Everybody is a Genius
NCLB and the Null Curriculum
"2nd grade is too young for student-led, creative projects that also teach literacy standards" said me never!
Internship and Project Driven
This simple chart helps let everyone know what is most important--STUDENTS, in the WORLD, completing projects that are MEANINGFUL.
Learning Through Intenrships
Getting students out of the school and into the world to learn from and with Adult Mentors!
Compliance and assimilation
Teach the Cycle of Socialization
This is part of the 9-12 curriculum at MET West. Teaching students to understand how socialization operates in our society, helps them articulate their experiences and create plans for change.
The Cycle of VIolence
This is part of the 9-12 curriculum at MET West. Teaching students to understand how the cycle of violence operates in our society, helps students call out violence when they see it. Students become aware of institutional violence, peer violence, and internalized oppression. Awareness is the beginning of change.
Student Led Conferences
In 2nd grade! Yes it is possible for children to reflect on their learning, work, goals and, then, lead their own conferences. It just takes a different kind of "teaching."
The Ed System: a well oiled machine