Black lives matter at Gordon

There's a national movement to make the first week in February Black Lives Matter at School week. 

 

The ideas behind the movement are familiar to most Gordon students.

 

But this week, many teachers are finding ways to make explicit connections between their classroom conversations and the work of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

 

Third grade students had heard the phrase before.

 

They were eager to unpack what it meant.

 

The thirteen principles behind the Black Lives Matter movement offer Gordon teachers many ways to approach the topic.

 

In third grade this week, students will be focusing on the principles of empathy and restorative justice.

 

"Empathy" is an idea these students talk about every week.

 

"Restorative justice" is a newer term, but the ideas of good and bad choices, and second chances, are an everyday presence in a third grader's world.

 

Seventh grade students took on all thirteen principles in humanities class today.

 

The principles had been hanging on their classroom wall all year long.

 

They reflected on, and responded to, each one in near-silence today.

 

Then, the conversation moved quickly.

 

It will continue throughout the week.

 

In seventh and eighth grade Spanish this week, students will look at the Afrolatino community.

 

Today covered basic definitions.

 

Students offered up one thing they knew about Afrolatino culture, and one thing they wanted to know.

 

Tomorrow's lesson will be digging into la historia de Afrolatin@s, with readings and discussions about Afrolatinos to follow during the rest of the week.

 


More on the Black Lives Matter at School effort

The thirteen guiding principles of Black Lives Matter

The ESPN-produced video on Afrolatinos shown as part of today's seventh and eighth grade Spanish class

 

Watch Gordon's Facebook and Twitter for more examples of #blacklivesmatteratGordon this week.