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How stories can transform a classroom. When students conduct StoryCorps interviews, teachers say it can “reorganize the ions of a class.”

How stories can transform a classroom

Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. “The other kids were awful about it,” said English teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki, remembering this student who has stayed lodged in her memory for 10 years now. “Even the best kids can be horrible sometimes.

The law of the jungle, however, can change. When Caitlyn was in her class a decade ago, Mieliwocki introduced StoryCorps to her students. Caitlyn had interviewed her mom. “None of us knew any of this about her,” said Mieliwocki. The teasing stopped. “Telling our stories brought all of our lived realities into the classroom,” said Mieliwocki. StoryCorpsU launched in 2009 to echo that emotional transformation. Inspirations from Ghandi (Grades 11-12) Inspirations from Gandhi South Brunswick High School Overview Students will work with a partner to create motivational poster based on famous quotes by Gandhi.

Inspirations from Ghandi (Grades 11-12)

Lesson Objectives Students will be able to give examples of non-violent protests led by Gandhi, students will explain what makes Gandhi a man of character, students will develop teamwork skills by creating a motivational poster with a partner. Materials Needed Poster Paper Markers/Crayons/Colored Pencils Access to computer to look up items students are trying to draw.

Procedures Class will begin with a “Do Now” posted on the board for students to complete as they arrive in class.Do Now: In your journals list five reasons why Gandhi is considered a man of character. Assessment Journals will be collected and graded for detail and accuracy. Lesson can be prefaced by using the Gandhi power point and showing students the Gandhi film. Developing Student Leaders (Grades 9-12) Developing Student Leaders Eagle Rock School & Professional Development Center Overview.

Developing Student Leaders (Grades 9-12)

Politics in Puerto Rico: 1900-1930 (Grades 9-12) Politics in Puerto Rico: 1900-1930 Colegio Radians Overview We stress the importance of knowing about the political parties of the 1930s, their leaders, what they believed and what values and virtues they stood for.

Politics in Puerto Rico: 1900-1930 (Grades 9-12)

We study how these leaders guided Puerto Rico to then compare the political parties and leaders of today. In like manner, we stress the importance of understanding the writers who form the heart and soul of our deepest expression. Lesson Objectives Students will identify and analyze the reasons for the emergence of new parties or political alliances. Students will analyze the political reaction of writers from the decade of the 1930s at the prevailing situation in the island. Materials Needed Scarano, F. (2007). Procedures. Creating Classroom Rules (Grades 9-12) Students read a story about a student who feels uncomfortable and judged during a group discussion in a classroom.

Creating Classroom Rules (Grades 9-12)

After reading the story, they think and talk about why the student felt uncomfortable and use the story to create a set of rules that would prevent anything like that from happening in their class. Students will establish a set of rules and guidelines based on mutual respect for safe and honest discussion during their class or family advocate period, or review already existing guidelines with the same purpose. Read Keisha's Story. Feel free to adapt it so that it is relevant to your group. In an experienced group, write existing rules on chart paper for students to review. Open the activity by telling students that people sometimes feel a little uncomfortable in a group like this. Social Contract:10 minutes. Review: Teachers should regularly review the classroom rules and student contract that has been established.

See if students follow the social contract they create. Got Seatbelts? (Grades 9-12) Conflict Resolution Skills Training (Grades 9-12) All students should feel competent to handle their interpersonal conflicts in a productive manner.

Conflict Resolution Skills Training (Grades 9-12)

In order for this to occur, two conditions must exist. First, students must believe that they are capable of responding appropriately to their personal challenges. Second, they must possess the requisite skills to do so. Unlike peer mediation programs that teach a handful of students these attitudes, skills, and behaviors, the Conflict Resolution Skills Training Homeroom provides this enriching opportunity to all freshmen students. Got Character? (Grades 9-12) In October of 1993, the agency of Goodby Silverstein & Partners devised a hugely popular campaign to advertise for a fledgling dairy industry.

Got Character? (Grades 9-12)

The first Got Milk? Ad, directed by Michael Bay, featured a man attempting to participate in a radio station “call in” contest. The question, “Who shot Alexander Hamilton?” Was posed by the radio station. The ad’s main character, a history buff whose collection was dedicated to the historic event, had just consumed a mouthful of peanut butter. Students will research advertising techniques and be able create their own Ad campaign for The Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. This will change per each student group and depend on the form of media in which your students choose to present their ads.

Give a Friend a Hand (Grades 9-12) Civic Responsibility: Meeting a Community Need (Grades 9-12)