This is the companion post to http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/news-and-thoughts/what-i-know-as-a-former-psych-teacher-that-everyone-in-schools-can-benefit-from
inspired by the same Skillful Teaching training.
What I loved about teaching sociology is how it made previously invisible inner-workings of society visible to my students and the numerous a-ha moments that arose from that.
If you haven't lived abroad, grown up in a non-majority culture, or been a serious student of sociology or cultural psychology, you may also find some a-ha moments.
Because of that background, and what I learned as a teacher of non-western history, African-American Studies and as a teacher at Turning Point Academy, I only beginning to approach cultural proficiency. I am still learning, but learning enough to shudder at the things I did as a well-meaning but culturally not-proficient early teacher 20 something years ago and even up to a few years ago. Maybe even now.
Here are a few things I've learned:
Our own Ronny Reddig was named one of the Top 10 Culturally Responsive Teachers in the nation by Teaching Tolerance magazine. Watch him work his magic here in this video.
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.