How priveledged are you?
If you're reading this, you probably have the means to own either a smart phone, tablet, or computer. If you're reading this, you probably have higher education. Most people wouldn't give this blog more than a mere glance, as it is geared toward educators.
What types of biases do we hold when we, as educators, are planning lessons or units? Other than socioeconomic, and skin color, there are many biases that we may not even think about. Here's a short list of some off the top of my head:
When I went on these websites, I was specifically looking for lessons that brought up racism and equity. I wanted to know what specifically I should say or do in order to show my students that all are welcome and all can speak their truth. I first went to Common Sense Media, as I had had success last week in getting lessons about digital citizenship. I clicked on the News & Media Literacy Resource Center. But I didn't see anything that really spoke to what I was looking for for 5th grade. I kept going, searching for something that spoke to me. I read a teacher's blog post about their experience teaching remotely during the COVID-19 Quarantine and how they gamified their Civics class, it didn't quite give me the specific answers I was looking for, but I pressed on.
And then I saw it. A hyperdoc. Something I could wrap my head around!
This amazing person has created a hyperdoc for their students about Juneteenth. Although it was for an 11th grade class, it spoke to me. It had all the bells and whistles I would've liked when I was young and searching for answers. This teacher allows their students to explore the information and make art to express their knowledge. THIS is the learning within the learning we want. When we are free to explore, we make the learning more personal to ourselves. We thirst to learn more because it is relevant to us.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.