Sunday, June 20, 2010


The article by August demonstrates the many teachable moments we have as educators when we discuss gender and family differences. We do this by remembering individuality in our students and having sensitivity to the value and culture of gender. Parents and teachers play a central role in this process because they continually provide children with models of behavior. Every person is born into a human group that shapes or socializes them, whose to say which group is better? A family should be a loving unit regardless of who the members are. It is our job to make children feel welcome in the classroom by providing literature, opportunities through creativity and play to discuss what family is about. As Zeke teaches his students he introduces teachable moments or spontaneous dynamic dialogicality and expands on these moments by including the class in discussions.

How do we attempt to make school an environment that will respect all of our families differences?
Do we have the power as teachers to teach and challenge our students about gay and lesbian couples?
Our we pre-exposed to silence due to the fact of being sued of fired if we discuss the issues to our students?
How do we expand on the teachable moments to teach our students about the difference in gender and family differences?
How do we follow the rules and codes of education and still teach our students the value of differences?
Is the power in the classroom equally distributed? Does every child have an opportunity to be involved in transformative talk?
Do we feel confident enough in our teaching abilities to make an awkward moment into a teaching moment?
How do we use dynamic dialogicality in our classrooms?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Talia, you posted many thoughtful questions, of which I thought many were interlinked.
    You question, "How do we follow the rules and codes of education and still teach our students the value of differences?" really gets to the crux of what many public teachers who strive for social justice are facing. I think the key is to teach through dynamic dialogicality so that it is not seen as "planned teaching" and more that you are addressing questions and issues that are risen during natural discussions.