Too often, millennials and the next generation are described as apathetic. One only needs to look at the large social movements of today to realize that this is not the case. From #blacklivesmatter to #metoo our students are involved. What better way to empower our students than to encourage them to write about topics that matter to them, and to allow them to make meaningful connections to movements of social change? Under the old paradigm, students were given the tools to research an issue. They played the role of disconnected observer of their topic. Now students have the opportunity and agency to to be part of the change.
Resource Review: www.tolerance.org
Tolerance.org is a great resource from the Southern Poverty Law Center. It connects teachers with resources to engage students on topics such as race, gender/sexuality bias, immigration, and religion discrimination. This site is a one stop shop with excellent teaching materials such as Write to the Source. Write to the Source provides texts and prompts for students to make connections on bias-based issues and these writings could easily transform into meaningful social media postings.
Today's thoughts are from Mr. Chad Heck. Chad is the school librarian at Pike High School’s freshman campus. His professional interests include inquiry, digital citizenship, and civil rights. Follow him on Twitter @4theloveofheck