Images of Learning: Elementary

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Tired of 20-somethings portraying high school middle schoolers? Tired of athletes and principals always being the villains? Class members examine the student and teacher stereotypes presented TV shows and films that are et in schools. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the lesson and have class members complete the viewing guides and reflection sheets for films and TV shows they view out of class
  • Expand the discussion of the "Tinsel Town Teachers" article to include the implication that stereotypes increase the chance of financial success
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure to check the copyright laws that apply to using excerpts of TV shows in the classroom
  • If flipping the lesson, prepare an assignment sheet that informs parents/guardians that the viewing is for a class assignment
Pros

  • The lesson creates an awareness in kids of how media representations may influence their own attitudes toward schools and learning
Cons

  • While students are directed to identify the stereotypes presented, they are not asked to consider why these stereotypes are employed