Hope Through Despair

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 18, 2017

On social media and in previous posts on this blog, a number of teachers have identified a video, "The Legacies of Reconstruction" as providing a helpful voice this week. In addition to the opportunity to explore the history that is relevant for understanding today's world, there is a message of hope. For those not as familiar with the history of Reconstruction or this video in particular, we wanted to share an excerpt. We hope it is encouragement through tough conversations, whether at school or in our communities.

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Topics: Reconstruction, current events, hope

More Teachers Share Their First Days

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 18, 2017

 

Earlier this week, we shared how three teachers interwove setting up their classes during the first days of school with creating space to grapple with current events. (Click here for that initial post.) We've continued to hear from teachers, including one who said poignantly, “basically, we need to teach Reconstruction as thoroughly/often as we teach the Bill of Rights, the writing of the Constitution."

Here are two more examples, one for a student classroom and one for bringing adults into conversation before they create discussion spaces with young people.

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Topics: Back-To-School, current events

Choosing Our Language

Posted by Jason David on August 17, 2017

We’ve been hearing from a number of teachers that one of the key challenges in trying to facilitate conversation about the events in Charlottesville is determining what language to use, particularly in relation to groups and people.

Here are a few recommendations from our conversations:

 

  1. Let’s directly engage and confront the issue of white supremacy.
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Topics: current events, race

3 Teachers Share their First Days Back to School

Posted by Mary Hendra on August 16, 2017

When significant current events occur right as students come back to school, teachers' jobs get even trickier.  Any first days back include getting to know students' names, setting up class structures, and laying a foundation for the community and learning that will happen all year long.  Add on top of that an immediate need to address heightened emotional levels and critical understanding of complicated events, and it can feel overwhelming.

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Topics: Back-To-School, current events

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