We are looking for teachers and educators who want to record their story of teaching a people’s history. Recordings can be held at StoryCorps’ stationary recording booths in San Francisco, New York City, and Atlanta this summer, between June and September. Below is a list of questions to choose from to evoke stories of teaching a people’s history and what it means to be a social justice educator. To book a recording, contact Lauren Cooper.
You can listen to recordings from our Stories of Teaching a People’s History series here.
• Tell me about a life experience that led you to teach from a social justice perspective and/or teach a people’s history?
• How does the way you teach compare to your own schooling?
• Share a story that illustrates the impact your students have made in their community and/or the world through your teaching.
• Share a story about a time where you felt you were very successful in encouraging students to examine issues of power, race, class, gender, and/or the media – in other words – when your students had an “a-ha” moment or became motivated to take action.
• What role do issues of race, class, and/or gender play in your classroom or school? How to you challenge the influences of racism, classism, sexism, and nativism in the classroom or school dynamics?
• Share a story of how you relate to the families of your students that goes beyond parent-teacher conferences.
• What assumptions (based on race, class, or native language) have you recognized and had to challenge yourself to develop honest and equitable communication with the families of your students?
• What do you know now that you did not know in your first year of teaching?
• What kind of school reform would you advocate to support your role as a teacher? Are their current examples from your school?
• What obstacles do you face as you try to teach (or administer) with a social justice/people’s history perspective?
• Share a story about a time in your classroom or school when you did not know what to do. How did you resolve it?