“There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion, and people will not discuss a cause until their attention is drawn to it.” William Jennings Bryan
We’ve written quite a lot about the importance of talk on this blog. Too often, classrooms remain quiet as teachers impart their wisdom instead of helping students discover their own. Listening and speaking often get short shrift in our classrooms; however, with concerted team effort, we can change this.
At NCTE this Saturday, Lisa Dennis, ELAR teacher, and Alejandra Ovalle-Krolick, World Languages teacher, will share how they had a meeting of the minds and began shaping opportunities for learners to read and discuss culturally relevant texts across disciplines.
Opening windows and inviting critical conversations that explore our shared humanity is one way we become allies and advocates who instigate positive change.
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