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Activating Student Stories with Silvia Gonzalez - PTE021

Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

Release Date: 11/09/2015

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In Episode 54, how can we challenge Eurocentrism in the maths classroom and value Indigenous knowledge? Plus, how can we use graphs to explore social justice issues, and cultivate mathematical thinking with our students.

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In Episode 51, young people are engaging with literature in ways that are quite different to prior generations. We’ll explore young adult fiction that reflects our students' lives, issues, and worlds. We'll also challenge the traditional literary canon along the way.

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In Episode 49, making our schools' sites of liberation and resistance. Plus challenging the dominant narratives that blame individual students whilst giving scant attention to the social justice, and structural issues impacting on them.

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In Episode 48, we explore teaching in a western suburbs school, where students often face bigotry, and negative stereotyping based on their race, their religious beliefs, and where they live. Plus, we unpack how to expand students' ideas about being Muslim.

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In This Episode: finding and understanding ourselves through our stories; the links between language and autonomy; re-framing assessment in ways that work for our students; and playing the game - or at least critically playing it.
 
My guest is Silvia Gonzalez, a teacher-artist who works primarily with black and Latino young people in Chicago, USA. 

Episode Run-Down
  • How Silvia pushes the edge
  • Empowerment and identity
  • Centering our students' stories | Finding a place to be who you are
  • Visibility and Invisibility | Toning down in the classroom
  • Sharing our stories
  • Critical interrogation and diverse perspectives
  • Continual learning and researching as a teacher
  • Actively engaging with our students and their communities
  • Negotiating the pull towards standards whilst meaningfully engaging with the real issues in students' lives
  • The power of language and systems of power
  • Comfort, discomfort and accountability
  • Transparency and critically 'playing the game'
  • The Lightning Round
  • Being open to our students' stories: 2 examples

Links for People and Issues Mentioned in this Episode

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