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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

Release Date: 02/15/2016

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Pushing The Edge with Greg Curran

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 53, taking the emphasis off the answer in maths, focusing on building meaning and connections rather than remembering rules, and using low floor, high ceiling rich maths tasks. Plus, we have lots of maths teaching resources to share.

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In Episode 52, how do our families mathematise us? How does maths at home compare to maths at school? And why are our cultures so important in maths classrooms?

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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 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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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 this episode, speaking up as White Educators and challenging the silence on issues of social justice - online - and in our schools.

We’re also chatting about truly seeing our students & teaching a #BlackLivesMatter curriculum.

And in the Lightning Round, we’re pushing the edges of visibility, democratic ideals, bias and indoctrination.

Our guest is Greg Michie, a year 7 and 8 public school teacher of Social Studies in Chicago, USA.

For full Show-Notes, go to: http://PushingTheEdge.org/26

Episode Run-Down:

▪ How Greg pushes the edge for social justice (1:21)

▪ How we can keep social justice at the forefront of our teaching? (1:41)

▪ Why step outside what's familiar and comfortable to us as teachers (3:54)

▪ Why step outside the norm of silence about race, gender and sexuality in education (5:29)

▪ Challenging the silence - Centering issues of social justice in schools and online (9:09)

▪ How we can step up for social justice on Twitter? (12:26)

▪ Talking about access and equity in Tech Twitter Chats (16:05)

▪ Ending white silence: What can we do as white educators? (18:53)

▪ Truly seeing our students: A powerful moment in Greg's classroom (26:41)

▪ Teaching a #BlackLivesMatter Curriculum (30:12)

▪ Why speaking up is important - even if you think it doesn't affect your community (37:50)

▪ Feeling afraid of speaking up - what you can do (40:50)

▪ The Lightning Round - indoctrination, visibility, urban, cultural proficiency, student centered, unconscious and unexamined bias, democratic ideal (42:41)

Related Posts:

▪ Not Being The Outsider by @GregBCurran - http://PushingTheEdge.org/26a

▪ Tips for Ending White Silence in Twitter Chats by @GregBCurran - http://PushingTheEdge.org/26b

▪ Stand with Us for Social Justice in Education by @GregBCurran - http://PushingTheEdge.org/stand-up

▪ What White Educators can learn from Pittsburgh's Police Chief by Greg Michie - http://goo.gl/TpvWlw

▪ Amy Winehouse, Allen Iverson and The Importance of Seeing our Students by Greg Michie - http://goo.gl/794kqE

Episode Links:

▪ Greg Michie on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GregoryMichie

▪ What is White Privilege - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege

▪ Pondering (my) White Privilege by Shawn White - https://goo.gl/RqSxUU

▪ Ferguson (Gun-related violence and policing in the USA) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferguson_unrest

▪ Teaching about Ferguson (Class-resources) - http://www.tolerance.org/teaching-about-ferguson

▪ Michael Brown - https://goo.gl/chJVuW, Eric Garner - https://goo.gl/j1EPnp

▪ Tamir Rice - https://goo.gl/YSpCgK, Jonathan Ferrell - https://goo.gl/dMS4DV

▪ John Crawford III - https://goo.gl/MWiZio, Walter Scott - https://goo.gl/iXCnZI, Laquan McDonald - https://goo.gl/7Bo6Mo

▪ Beverly Daniel Tatum - https://goo.gl/Lza0Zg

▪ Educolor Website - http://www.educolor.org/

▪ #BlackLivesMatter Website - http://blacklivesmatter.com/

Additional Resources:

▪ The Pushing The Edge Podcast Archive: http://PushingTheEdge.org or https://goo.gl/yJAZFm

▪ Social Justice Resources: http://PushingTheEdge.org/social-justice-resources

▪ Greg Curran on Twitter - https://twitter.com/GregBCurran