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Perspective

Posted on January 18 2021

Perspective

Dear Educators,

It seems like for the past year or so we have been living through “once-in-a-lifetime” historical events on a day-by-day basis. The past couple of weeks have been no different!

The riot at the Capitol and the second impeachment of President Trump are just the latest in a shocking series of events. 

As educators, we are likely familiar with “growth mindset,” the ability for us to develop our emotional and cognitive skills through work and a series of shifts in perspective. As humans, our personal perception defines our reality. From someone’s own perspective, the things they do make sense to them within that paradigm. This is where empathy becomes a key tool in changing behavior. Even if we vehemently disagree with others, if we can truly put ourselves in their shoes, and understand where they’re coming from, we can get access to the foundation of what is driving their behavior. 

The resources this week aim to provide understanding. A foundation of understanding and empathy could help us shift from violence and unrest, to peace. It can be frustrating to watch this unfold, and we can feel somewhat helpless. If the only action you can take is embodying understanding and modeling it for your students, the ripple effect of us doing this little thing could add up to a big impact.

Be the change.

Geography News Network

What happened at the Capitol? Why did the police behave the way they did? Is the social media ban a violation of President Trump’s First Amendment rights? What will happen to the people who stormed the Capitol? Was the election unfair? Can Trump be charged for his role in inciting violence? Answers to these questions and more in this week’s K-12-friendly Geography News Network article. 

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Capitol Building

As we have all seen from the shocking photos from the Capitol, images can sometimes provide a stronger impression of events than words can convey. This map of the Capitol will help your students more vividly understand the route and events of that day.

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LessonMap : WWII and the Home Front

At a time when we have needed to come together to fight a global pandemic, it seems all we are doing is fighting with each other. The conflict is local. For contrast, this lesson map shows the ways Americans came together at home in response to WWII. 

The teacher version will give you all the guidance you need to lead your students through the lesson, and the student version can be completed as a class, or by students on their own, at their own pace.

STUDENT VERSION
TEACHER VERSION
State's Rights

Now that Trump has been impeached a second time and is heading out of office very shortly, the question of whether he can pardon himself to avoid prosecution remains. A key fact in this is that presidential pardons only apply to federal offenses, and do not extend to state crimes. This video will give your students an understanding of state’s rights and how they relate to the federal government.

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Perspective

 “As teachers, our perspectives directly impact student emotions and their learning, because emotions are contagious.” This is true for teachers, parents, partners, employers, and citizens. We need a level of responsibility for how our emotional state affects those around us. In place of responsibility and action, perhaps understanding would be a better place to start.

This article talks about the impact of perspective in your classroom, and how to harness this power to effect change.

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