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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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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 50, a chat with long-time LGBTI human rights activist Rodney Croome. We explore the lessons learnt from the early campaigns to legalise homosexuality, unpack why personal stories are key, and small target strategies a mistake. Plus, we zero in on the dangers of the 'religious freedom' movement.

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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 Episode 47, fitting in and assimilation in predominantly white spaces. Plus, promoting girls' participation in sports, and making physical education classes more inclusive and fair.

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In Episode 46: how Rainbow Kids are actively campaigning for their LGBTIQ families' rights, and how schools can better support them. Also, why personal stories are key to changing hearts and minds in the battle for human rights. 

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 45, dual language English teacher, Victor Martinez didn’t see many other Latinx students like himself in college and he wants it to be different for his students. We discuss opportunities and attitudes, along with bringing the lived experiences of his students and their families, however harsh they may be, into the classroom. Also why do Victor’s students prefer to speak English rather than Spanish, and how does he challenge this.

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In Episode 44, how the hostile political climate around immigration impacts on students and their families, and why we need to support students' speaking up about the day to day racism in their lives. We also explore how to be a color brave rather than a color blind teacher. And why silence around poverty and racism is oppressive

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

In Episode 42, becoming conscious about oppression; why we need to re-think traditional critical thinking and debating approaches in the classroom; re-thinking how we view anger about injustices perpetrated on our communities; and how to get beyond generic approaches to diversity and inclusion.

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In Episode 41, from holding back to standing up and speaking out as a teacher; who’s present and who’s absent in our history curricula and text books? And how can we get beyond diatribe when debating social issues in the classroom.

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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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