I’m getting a new curriculum and I can either be excited about it and learn to work with it or I can do nothing. Doing nothing is easy, but it doesn’t help my students and they are the reason I am an educator. I’m going to learn how to work with these curriculums and teach them using a social justice lens. I have always known that my class is so much. More than standards and books. I knew that I had the opportunity to teach my students to be citizens of the world, but I have never made that commitment verbally and set for goals and standards for myself. I tell my students that setting goals is the first step to success, now it is my turn. From here forth, I am committed to fostering social justice in my classroom.
How am I going to do that?
- Be Aware – I will be conscious of what I am teaching and showing in my classroom. I will check my bias and grow as a human along with my students.
- Go beyond my curriculum – there are stepping stones put into the curriculums to talk about social justice. I need to take them and take the time to make and find lessons that cultivate social justice.
- Push Boundaries – Sometimes progress means making people uncomfortable. I will push my own boundaries and show my students what it looks like to step into the unknown and I will ask them to follow.
- Be Understanding – Everyone’s journey will look different. I will make sure my time is spent finding and making lessons that try different methods. I will craft discussions and activities that let everyone shine.
- Be Continuous – I will continue to research and continue my journey. I will never be done learning.
As an aside, here are some websites I have been using along this process. There are a lot of amazing tools out there and I have only found the tip of the iceberg.
- This website is helpful for finding specifics on curriculums. I used this website to evaluate three curriculums on equity of races/perspectives.
- This website was used to get reliable popular sources on equity in the classroom. There is endless amounts of research here to use and add to your repertoire.
- This website provides a long list of resources on to help you become more racially aware. It also provides a long list of resources for teachers both in and out of the classroom. There are a lot of things you can do right now to become more socially conscious.
- This website includes ready to use lessons to teach social justice. They are common core aligned, so if you are worried about pushback, the standards are your best friend here!
- This blog proves that socially conscious teaching can be meaningful and standards aligned. This is also a great jumping off point. You get to see what teachers are already doing so you can start generating your own ideas.
- This says it is a toolkit for administrators, but I found it helpful to assess my own teaching. Teachers can use this list to help assess if they are teaching equity and teaching equitably.
- This one is an oldie but a goodie. Dell;Angelo does a great job highlighting the importance of social justice in the classroom and including how to add social justice to your classroom. Edutopia is also a great website to do further research and get more perspectives.
- This teacher has a great perspective on why teaching social justice matters. She also references a book at the end, which seems interesting especially after spending a few weeks absorbing Hawaiian culture.
- This is a website that offers courses on social justice. I looked into the courses and they seem to be very informative and they are certainly a great resource. This might be a great place for educators who are interested in teaching with a social justice lens to go.
Please share your resources with me so we can all continue learning. Drop it in a comment below!