Learning that Lasts + 10 Pedagogy Guides
Grateful: The unit I led on "The Abuse of Power and Policing" is included in Chapter 2 of the new "Learning the Lasts" instructional guide.
As educators, we must bring text to life through compelling topics. Connecting classic literature such as "The Diary of Anne Frank", the late Elie Weisel's "Night", and Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" to contemporary issues such as the modern-day plight of the Black man in America was most effective in empowering my students and activating their intrinsic motivation to read. I focused on Eric Garner and Mike Brown when this unit was developed but the strategies can be duplicated again and again because these issues have yet to stop being relevant. We have to teach to the babies the truth, shying away will not lift us up. They are the future and for them these issues are not just controversial topics - this is their reality. It is our responsibility to equip them with knowledge so that they will remain conscious of their power through it all.