Responses to answer [80 words each] use the initial please

#1:       A B

Hello class!

I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the expectations for participation because I know that it varies from course to course.

In order to earn full participation credit, your initial posts should be at the very least 150 words. References are suggested, but they are not required.

Then, you must respond to at least 6 of your peers with substantive posts throughout the week. I will be marking your posts as substantive so that you know when you have met the requirements. Responses to peers should be about 100 words and encourage further discussion, offer new insights, or ask probing questions.

I am more concerned with your content and the fact that you make your 6 responses to peers than I am with the number of days that you post. I don’t really look at the number of days that you post…just the total number of posts per week.

I hope this helps, but let me know if you still have questions.

#2:      Am B

Explain how the goals of social justice education and multicultural education connect to teaching and learning.

#3:         M B

Professor and Class, 

I grew up with an Irish-Catholic upbringing, in an all white neighborhood that never accepted anyone of a different race or religion.  We were taught that all of the kids that went to public schools were poor and troubled kids.  So much to my parents dismay,  when I was able to somewhat choose which high school I wanted to attend, (it still had to be a catholic school), I chose the most diverse school.  Absolutley one of the best decisions I made in my life because it allowed me to throw away all of the biases I grew up on and open my mind to be able to learn and be accepting of all people.  

I think this upbringing taught me to truly see our world and the beauty in all of its people because I was so sheltered and in a sense brain washed to think a specific way.   Having this background will facilitate my teaching and my classrooms as a welcoming, nurturing and place of acceptence.  Giving all learners a safe environment to learn and succeed.

Once there are more responses I will add to my response to complete the second part of this DQ.

Part 2 

#4:        Ama B

Describe what it means to you to work for social justice as an educator. What steps will you take to promote social justice in your classroom? School?

#5:         Mar B

Thank you for sharing this video with the class.  All of the points that were made in this video really hit home in that the biases that I was raised with really did shape my thought process about anyone that was not like me.  Fortunately as I grew up I made a concious change realizing that much of what I was taught were not what I truly felt or believed about other races, religion, sexes.  I believe often that cycle is not broken and discrimination and pre-judgements may not be our true thoughts or feelings rather than it is what we have been taught.  

I liked the activity he presented to the audience and how he explained it.  I agree that often people only see what they have subconciously already have been taught to see in specific categories such as the ones in the video.  I do feel that these predetermined assumptions lead to most segregations in our world especially right now in the current state of our country.

#6:          N M

Hello All, I found this video to be intriguing, and a possible eye opener for people whom do not or did not realize instilled biases exist and are a very real part of our society. Even as I grew up, and into adulthood, I typically give people I encounter the benefit of the doubt, that is to say, I consciously make a decision not to judge someone before they reveal to me, what type of person he or she may be in their actions, words, and deeds. I simply think about and know, I would not want someone to judge me before truly knowing me, so why should I do it to someone else? It truly does not matter or hold significance in how a person appears on the outside, it is what they do, say, and feel that matters.

I thought the video made valid points and was a ‘valuable watch.’ The exercise the speaker had the audience engage in was interesting. I did the exercise while I watched and wrote my thoughts on paper. I think for me, people are easy for me to connect with, find common ground, and I am easily comfortable, and like speaking with all types of people. However, it would be specific institutions, (like in the video) that I may hold biases towards. – Pretty fascinating.

Which brings me to my next point, is it a bias if I form an opinion about someone or something, after an up-close experience, whether positive or negative?

Steps I plan on consciously implementing in my classroom to create Social Justice:

  • Self-awareness
  • Environment awareness/ appropriateness
  • Welcomed & Acceptable behavior, attitudes
  • Regulation of emotions/Social-Emotional lessons
  • Instilling that EVERONE MATTERS, EVERYONE can contribute, EVERYONE is valuable, EVERYONE has a voice, and will be given an opportunity to express themselves in an acceptable social manner. 

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