Teaching Through Critical Literacy & Social Justice Themes
About This Course
Calling all teachers, leaders, and youth group facilitators! This series of lectures will allow you to learn steps to planning an effective and authentic unit of study that challenges students to develop their Critical Literacy skills. Throughout the lectures, you will be able to track the steps that we are learning through a model unit that I will share. I will share a variety of entry points in the unit where media, critical questions, differentiated instructional styles, and technology are integrated in lessons so that students can connect with the deeper understandings that we all want out students to acquire.
There are a series of lectures that include: videos, resources, links, and opportunities to share ideas, ask questions and revisit key concepts.
Why take this course? We as educators face the challenge each year of engaging our students in meaningful ways while delivering the curriculum. Throughout this unit, you will see clear evidence of both the delivery of curriculum as well as the various stages of that higher order thinking. Above all, you will see a level of collaboration and student engagement that would make any teacher proud, which is something that keeps me motivated to continue creating in my classroom.
What are the requirements?
- Knowledge of your local education curriculum
- Access to curriculum documents
- Experience planning lessons or activity sessions for young people
- A lesson plan template could be helpful
What am I going to get from this course?
- By the end of this course, you will be able to use questions to prompt and sharpen Critical Thinking skills in your students
- By the end of this course you will also be able to plan a unit that guides students towards applying the knowledge that they’ve acquired through the lessons and create some sort of action that leads to positve change
What is the target audience?
- Youth Group Leaders
|Section 1: INTRODUCTION|
Why is this course valuable?
What makes a successful teacher…of Critical Literacy?
Lecture Series: Structure & Progression
|Section 2: PROMOTING CRITICAL THINKING|
A Sample Student Anchor of Critical Thinking Questions
My Classroom Walk Around: Anchor Charts Model Powerful Thinking
Shared Resource: Critical Thinking is also essential in Mathematics
Shared Resource: A Critical Thinking Lesson for Stds: Debono’s 6 Thinking Hats
|Section 3: CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR OPEN DISCUSSION|
Setting the Stage for Critical Discussions
Engaging Students with High Interest Content
Shared Resource: In the Newz
|Section 4: BUILD AN OUTLINE OF LEARNING MODULES|
Analyzing a Model Outline for a Unit of Modules
Planning Keys for Success
|Section 5: PLAN WITH STUDENTS – Provide opportunities for LEADERSHIP|
The Importance of Including Student Input in Planning
Model: Collecting Ideas for the IM Project (2012) from My Students
Model: Collecting Ideas for the iM Project (2013) from My Students
|Section 6: START WITH WHAT MATTERS TO YOUR STUDENTS|
Start Where the Kids Are: Communicate about what is important to them
Model: Using Technology to Connect with Students on Critical Issues
Build on your Communications by Guiding Students to Deeper Understandings
|Section 7: Make Sections 2 – 6 a Regular Part of Your Classroom Instruction|
Are we doubling our planning efforts?
Model/Shared Resource: Infusing a Classroom Program with Critical Literacy
Model: iM Project Curriculum Connections Outline
|Section 8: Engage Community Partnerships|
My Experiences in combining classroom learning with Community Partnerships
Introducing MajorMove Community Services
Model: Demonstrating the value of partnerships to augment classroom learning
|Section 9: Start the Learning with An Authentic Problem + Have Discussion about the effects|
The Rationale for Challenging Students with Real World Problems: Annecdotes
Model: Authentic Class Discussion on Self Image & Equity Issues
|Section 10: DEVELOP ACTIVITIES WHERE YOU + YOUR STUDENTS SHARE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT AN ISSUE|
Our Success Strategies at Work
Model Activity & Discussion: IF I WERE A GIRL…IF I WERE A BOY” – iM Project
Model Activity: A Gender Challenge..”It’s in the Bag” – iM Project
Model Activity: Cup Towers – iM Project
Model Activity: First Female Entrant in the Boston Marathon – Critical Thinking
|Section 11: Explore the Issue Outside of the Classroom – use Historical & Current Events|
Using Technology to Engage Students with Critical Issues outside of the class
Model Activity: Extending Classroom Learning on Social Justice to Current Event
Model Lesson: Connecting Classroom Learning to Current Events – Part 1
Model Lesson: Connecting Classroom Learning to Current Events – Part 2
|Section 12: DESIGN YOUR ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION PIECES (track student learning)|
Be reflective when designing/choosing your assessment resources
Reflect upon changed attitudes or beliefs
Reflect upon the quality of work supported by community learning
Reflect upon the real impacts on your community
|Section 13: Celebrate Student Success|
Sharing Ideas about Different Ways to Celebrate Student Success!
|Section 14: Recap & Be Great|
Revisiting What Makes a Successful Teacher of Critical Literacy
Thanks and Be Great!
I have very much enjoyed my own journey as a life long learner and I take that same passion and model it in my classroom with the hope of inspiring my students along their journey. Inspiring students is a lofty goal that requires dedication, energy, and a whole lot of patience. The rewards (small or great) are worth it. In addition to my role as a Classroom teacher, I have also had the responsibility to support and drive professional learning for my fellow teachers. I am and have been both a “classroom teacher” (for my students), and a “Learning Classroom Teacher” (for my fellow teachers). Currently, I serve in the role as a Learning Coach for a cluster of schools within the school board.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All level
- Language English
- Students 21
- Assessments Self