Final Prompt – Erasing Differences for the Sake of Inclusion: How Mexican/Mexican American Students Construct Historical Narratives

Regarding the Santiago reading, do these two things after thoughtfully reading the 17-ish assigned pages (described in your email):

1) On your site, post 4 questions from/about the text by class on Thursday April 27th; two close-ended questions that can be answered factually about the essence of piece and two open-ended questions that require extended analysis and/or practical application. Don’t try to be fancy, just ask your peers to make helpful and real-world connections. Dig it?
2) Respond to your assigned peers Q’s by Sunday, April 30th by 11:59pm. Note that we are giving you plenty of extra time to help you plan around your other assignments and responsibilities for the exam.

Here are the peer groups:

  • Lindsey – Daylon
  • Asher – Jordan
  • Joe – Ally
  • Justin – Caleb
  • Reggie – Meghan
  • Andy – Ashley
  • Malissa – Adam
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16 Personalities

Screen Shot 2017-03-24 at 8.40.52 PMTo truly grow as professionals, it’s not only important to understand curriculum and the landscape of education, but also to realize how your unique wiring predisposes you to interact with students, authorities, parents, information, and policies.

By class time on Wednesday, (1) read this blurb about the test’s theory to understand the nature of this personality test and (2) take the personality test. Once you have taken the test, (3) respond (on your page) in a few paragraphs to these prompts:

  1. What personality type are you? Describe what that means (in a paragraph or two).
  2. What professional advantages does your personality type have for being a social studies teacher?
  3. What professional disadvantages does your personality type have for being a social studies teacher?

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation is not so much the “stuff” as the “how.” If the “stuff” is ill conceived, the “how” is doomed.

  • Carol Ann Tomlinson

While we’ve dabbled into what differentiated instruction is (and we will spend more time on it in the future), let’s consider Tomlinson’s Insights, in this readable 7-page article.

By class time Wednesday, read Differentiated Instruction and post a response to the following:

1. Spend 1 paragraph to describe each of the following classrooms:
a) Mr. Appleton’s (who presents factual stuff) approach to teaching,
b) Mrs. Baker’s (whose class does different stuff) approach to teaching,
-and-
c) Ms. Cassell’s (alternative approach) to teaching.

2. Use the text to explain (in at least 1-2 paragraphs) your takeaway on what differentiated instruction isn’t (that is, what it is commonly misunderstood to be), and –most importantly– what differentiated instruction authentically is.

Teaching (Social Respons) w Humanities

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Thom Yorke of Radiohead

The humanities can be an effective point of entry to teach potentially difficult topics like social responsibility in the midst of formal curriculum. For instance, Radiohead’s “All I Need” (lyrics here) could be used in economics courses to navigate the fair v. free trade debate and considerations related to globalization

Exemplar Q’s for simultaneously teaching both with and about digital media:

  1. How is color being used to convey meaning?
  2. How is life different for each child?
  3. How are the shoes positioned to tell a story and make a point?

Teaching Social Responsibility

First, recall our discussion from Monday, that in the realm of ethics/morality, there are both descriptive (how things are) claims and normative or prescriptive (how things ought to be) claims…

Read The Courage to Teach Social Responsibility from pages 189-197 (you can stop at the Creating Change heading) and answer these questions on your site by class on Wednesday.

1. In a few sentences, what (according to the text) is “social responsibility” and why does it take courage to teach social responsibility?

2.In a few sentences… of the “four basic processes that nurture social responsibility”(see page 192), which process(es) do you believe to be most important in forming socially responsible citizens? Explain.

2. In 2-3 few paragraphs… how do different people (who have different values and fundamental understandings of justice, truth, & etc.) disagree about what values to promote and pursue? What do you think about pursuing a common vision when there isn’t a consensus?

4. In 3-4 paragraphs… offer your own stance: what does it mean to be ethical/moral in a descriptive and normative sense? How have you come to that conclusion/what is that based on?