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This collection includes videos, articles and activities to help teachers create a classroom culture wherein students feel comfortable asking questions, collaborating and taking academic risks. Resources are for all grade levels. Some can be used directly with students while others are for teachers to read and consider, and possibly adapt for classroom use.
Among the resources you'll find:
videos about empathy and kindness
tips on discussing sensitive topics like race and identity
a tool to help examine units for cultural relevance
a classroom activity to explore the gender stereotypes baked into the marketing of "boy" toys and "girl" toys.
Please note that the files in this collection cannot be downloaded from WeTeachNYC because they link out to an external site.
This classroom activity asks teachers to analyze and critique messages about gender that they get from various media. Students will focus on toys and toy advertisements, challenging themselves to think past what advertisements tell them about their gender identity. For elementary students, from Teaching Tolerance.
Identity charts are a graphic tool that can help students consider the many factors that shape who we are as individuals and as communities. Identity charts can be used to deepen students’ understanding of themselves, groups, nations, and historical and literary figures. Created by Facing History.
This one page tool provides a set of questions to determine the cultural relevance of a given unit, learning task, or project. This tool was presented at the 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference by LeeAndra Khan from Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, IL during her session Infusing Equity and Cultural Relevance in our Learning Environments.
This list of curated books will help teachers introduce topics of racism, civil rights, and diversity, especially to younger students. The list is categorized by grade level and created by The National Network of State Teachers of the Year.