Welcome to the 2015-2016 School year! This year represents the third year that we have run the class and, though every year is different, it is clear that we are starting to hit our stride more concretely. We are looking to develop a workbook from the final tweaks of this year’s class, so look out for more news on that soon.The third year will see less comprehensive university support, as only one doctoral student will be working with the class, which will help make sure that our curriculum is possible without an a lot of teaching assistants.
We begin this school year really focusing on team building and concrete systems of interaction and presentation . There will also be more digital literacy work incorporated into the curriculum from the beginning, as well as more project based learning, to help ground the class in the potential for impact that they have.
We start off the year watching the film, Precious Knowledge, which has been a consistent favorite in previous iterations of the course. The film really helps model the potential for a different type of classroom with real world impacts, and it often speaks to the experiences of our students. It also represents an opportunity to discuss the climate at our school and what our students want to change about it in a meaningful way.
After our first short research project to examine the impacts that the struggle for ethnic studies in Tucson Arizona had, we will begin to think more about what citizenship really means. Look forward to our next post, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested in our curriculum, collaboration, video conferencing with the class, or getting involved in any way at firstname.lastname@example.org.