WNET / UCH Urban Academy
“Exploring Powerful Ideas Inquiry-Based Teaching: Discussing a Teachers Role”
BUILDING A CULTURE OF RESPECT
Having them figure out what their voice is, it has to be in a place of, a place where they’re going to feel respected and kids aren’t gonna jump down their throat and if they- so one of the things that is very critical to our classes is that people can say whatever they want and they can’t make a personal attack on somebody. And that’s a constant theme and new kids in the school who might be older kids from a transfer school they might not recognize that and they might get in a heated argument about somebody and the teacher will say, “Well, you made a personal attack. Can you restate that and attack his ideas only?” So I think that’s part of what the things that we’re trying to do here.
Also the teacher not jumping down the students throat because they don’t have the correct answer or the right answer. Create a classroom where you can explore your ideas and you can take a chance on a thought or express an idea that might not be popular but yet you have the right to express that idea. That it’s understood that you’re going to be respected in the class.
It’s so easy with our kids because I know in all the other classrooms, all the other teachers are running discussion classes, not exactly like I am but very similar, and they’re all stressing this respect for kids. They won’t let anybody make any personal attacks. So when the whole school culture’s like that, it makes individual teachers much more confident in in being able to sort of deal with the classroom structure and, and deal with getting kids to respect each other.
You’re saying if they attack black people, after slavery ended and if they seek to sort of forcibly harm then they should be executed but they shouldn’t be executed just for having fought on the Southern side and being racist is what you’re saying. Saloul then Jamilla.
I think extreme times call for extreme measures. And these times were very extreme times and, um, why not kill them?
Alright. So I’m confused. Everybody’s saying what they think would have been better?
Or, what we think could have actually been done?
I’m asking both questions.
Okay, well, about the first one, I guess people are saying what they think but I don’t think anyone is saying anything that could have actually been done because look at what stuff happens up until this day.
Kids have to feel like they trust you to sort of manage that discussion. I think that’s very important. A lot of times teachers shrink away from this. It’s because they think it’s gonna get out of control but if kids understand what the rules really are and they respect you as an arbiter of those rules they’ll take on controversy and be respectful about it and you have to learn how to manage that stuff and kids have to trust that teachers will be fair.