I was not able to join our virtual session on June 2nd as I was attending my high school's graduation. Congrats to the hardworking students of the Vista Visions Academy Class of 2015! In lieu of attending class I listened to the recorded session, and I was still able to enjoy the discussion and interaction. Here are a few of my thoughts as I listened to this session:
Article on Confronting Racial and Religious Tensions-
I agreed with Christina, Ulisses and Sara that it is important to allow time for students to express themselves in terms of their confusion, questions, and anxieties regarding these issues. Validating students and creating a supportive environment in which they can discuss and come to understand these issues is really the foundation for true understanding and change. I also agree with the quote that Angelica shared about these issues being distracting to students in their academics if these are issues students are struggling with. Anyone who knows me knows that I love Story. Our personal stories are such strong driving forces within us, and when we find ourselves in supportive environments we can learn so much from the stories of others and also use our own stories as point of reference and/or filters for understanding the world, people, and dynamics we yearn to learn more about.
Fiore Chapter 2: My thoughts and observations on the class discussion:
"Validate, Appreciate, & Celebrate all students' cultures"- Will Mellman (while also teaching them how to navigate and be successful in mainstream American culture)
Case Study: Caroline Jackson
Connection is EVERYTHING . Don't wait for the community to come to you. Reach out. Be approachable.
Food is common denominator that people can feel proud of & share