Privilege Walk Lesson Plan

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I am going to do this activity in my grade 8 Social Studies class. I am actually quite excited about it.

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Privilege Walk Lesson Plan

Introduction:

Many educators and activists use privilege walks as an experiential activity to highlight how people benefit or are marginalized by systems in our society. There are many iterations of such walks with several focusing on a single issue, such as race, gender, or sexuality. This particular walk is designed with questions spanning many different areas of marginalization, because the goal of this walk is to understand intersectionality. People of one shared demographic might move together for one question but end up separating due to other questions as some move forward and others move back. This iteration of the privilege walk is especially recommended for a high school classroom in which the students have had time to bond with each other, but have never taken the time in a slightly more formal setting, i.e., led by a facilitator, to explore this theme. It is a good…

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Homelessness, Foster Care, Poverty are barriers to education.

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The fact that homeless, foster care, and poverty are barriers to education are is is little surprise to the vast majority of educators, but what might be a surprise to some is the realities of these issues for…well…people like me.  I recently read the following article and I thought it would highlight what some of the “hidden” issues for young people who experience one or more of the issues outlined.

http://www.upworthy.com/if-youre-homeless-and-in-college-what-do-you-do-when-the-dorms-close-she-faced-it?c=reccon1

60 Shades of Stupidity

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This was poor judgement indeed…

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60 shades of grey-classroom

I am all for expanding the cinematic horizons for my students, but 60 Shades of Grey? Really?

A US high school teacher could face disciplinary action after allowing her students to watch Fifty Shades of Grey in class.

The teacher, who claims not to have known about the sexual nature of the film, let her Hampshire County students choose a movie to watch as a reward for their hard work.

The screening was interrupted after ten minutes when the assistant principal walked past the classroom and recognised the film.

The principal, Jeff Woofter, said school policy prohibited students from watching any sexual movies in class.

“I will say it was an extreme lack of judgement from an otherwise very capable teacher,” Mr Woofter said.

“The teacher didn’t do a background check on the movie or even ask about it.”

Click on the link to read It Only Took 49…

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The Mighty Smackdown moves on…

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Another year of the Mighty Smackdown has begun.  My third, and fifth for the Smack down itself.  This is a professional development opportunity for teachers to read and familiarize themselves with some Young Adult literature that is available.  New books are selected each year, many are award winners.  Teachers are divided into teams.  Each team reads two novels and advances one.  Sometimes it is a hard choice, either because you like them both or because you don’t.  Other times the choice is so clear and obvious.  We keep reading, voting and then blogging about our choices.  As books are eliminated, the groups get bigger.  Until there are only two books left and the whole group votes on which book can be the one and only victor…or until the facilitators have to break the tie, like last year.  I have been fortunate enough to like the winner in both of my previous years which is NOT the case for all my colleagues.  The first bracket is done, and the victors have been announced.  Excited about bracket number 2.  Check it out at the link below.

http://mightysmackdown.blogspot.ca/