Integrating The Work into Curriculum
Identifying and questioning the thoughts underlying stress, suffering, and destruction... as well as peace, tolerance, and construction... can be a powerful backbone of Social Studies. Thoughts cause the actions and effects that play themselves out at individual, community, national, social, economic, global, and historical levels.
By integrating The Work into the classroom we're time traveling: we're attempting to step into the shoes of others throughout history by identifying their thoughts, and understanding the personal and societal actions and effects borne of that thinking. If done well, integrating The Work can help cultivate questioning, empathetic minds and help foster an open, democratic learning culture where disagreement is welcome. One-dimensional answers are abandoned for a deeper investigation of truth, and we grapple with understanding the nuance of conflicts. The classroom environment fosters curiosity, and students study thought to better understand themselves and the world they inhabit.
Here are some examples...
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Gandhi, King, Mandela: What Made Non-Violence Work? (Document Based Question)
Civil Rights and Apartheid