Today I’m really excited to be watching a videoconference planned by two of my local teachers at New Buffalo High School and Lakeshore High School. This VC is an assignment in my Kid2Kid Videoconference Connections online class, where teachers plan project connections over a period of 5 months.
The lesson began with classes working in groups (muted) to come up with a definition of genocide. Then each class shared their definitions and negotiated a group definition.
Next each class worked to brainstorm a list of genocides they know of… both historical and current.
Then the classes brainstormed what they remembered from their December connection with a local expert who discussed prejudice and racism and how it might connect with the genocides listed.
Each class had a copy of an article on fighting hatred. The classes read the article separately and then discussed it together.
Finally students came up with possible solutions/responses to genocide.
- Loosen the legal definitions that determine genocide so that intervention can happen quickly.
- Make ourselves more aware of current events.
- We need to educate people to treat those of all races the same.
- We need to stay open-minded to hear the different sides to a story.
I really like the format of a team teaching here where the classes were led through a discussion and students had time to brainstorm in groups locally and then share with both classes. This format worked really well.
I’m not sure myself what the legal definition of genocide is, but getting young kids to talk of it and make them aware has got to be a good idea.