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Monday, November 6 • 13:00 - 13:50
Team "reading sprees" and comics: Awakening to Truth and Reconciliation

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How do you get students who act as though they are "allergic" to reading to actually READ and UNDERSTAND the course material? How do you get students to lay aside their pre-existing biases and stereotypes and become more open to practicing principles of equality, diversity and social justice especially as they relate to Aboriginal history and issues? And how do you achieve all this in one 3-hour lesson? Learn how to adapt “team reading sprees" and student-created comics to subject matter where there is dense language and/or emotionally challenging content. Move hearts, open minds, meet learning outcomes—and have fun!

The reading sprees were successful because a single student might balk at the task of reading a 25-paged report, however, 25 students willingly read and offered a “teach back” on what they learned from a single page of that same report.

Truth and Reconciliation— overcoming resistance. Creating social justice graphic narratives and engaging in critical commentary helped students overcome normal, initial resistant to social justice theory, science and best practices. Our students were asked to illustrate concepts from the Truth and Reconciliation (T&R) report using stick figure drawings. The resulting student-created "comics" were assembled and the Truth and Reconciliation graphic narrative presented — students narrating their own images as they appeared. An examination of students “after” reflections revealed students had a deeper understanding of indigenous history and were more compassionate about challenges faced by Aboriginals than “before” the lesson began.

Monday November 6, 2017 13:00 - 13:50 PST
Segal Room 1430

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