9 December Morning Folks! HL1: HL1: As o…

9 December
Morning Folks!

HL1: HL1: As outlined in the Gleek at a Glance we’ll be reviewing selected topics in Chapters 2 and 3 from the Roselle and Spray Study Guide. Remember, these research activities and study guide are for your benefit… Afterwards, we’ll have some quiet time in class to work on your research exercises and IAs.

Today’s Advisory: Diversity
Video: Spencer Wells builds a family tree for humanity
More on Spencer Wells’ Genographic Project here

Exercise
Diversity Discussion

Talking about diversity is always challenging. But the real difficulty arises when there is no discussion at all. We must also remember to create a safe setting for students to share their thoughts, express their opinions and explore their ideas and even their misconceptions. Here is an activity and some discussion questions to help you begin this important conversation about an issue which confronts us as not only America becomes more diverse but also North Broward increases its cultural diversity. The goal is to introduce the concept of diversity and begin creating a positive space in which to talk about these matters. When we return in January, we will continue these conversations.

Activity: WALK APART-WALK TOGETHER

Purpose: To see what we identify as difference and what we see as similarities in people. To discover the pattern in our observations (differences are often physical attributes or things we can see, while similarities are often characteristics we perceive or personally know about people)

Procedure:

Select two volunteers to stand back to back as if in a duel
Make sure there is enough space for each to take about 10 steps each
Ask the group to identify differences between the two volunteers, one at a time
After each difference is recognized, each volunteer takes one step away
Continue this process until each volunteer can no longer take a step
Have the volunteers turn and face each other
Now ask the advisory to identify similarities between the two volunteers
As each similarity is noted, each volunteer will take a step toward the other
Continue until each are face to face
Repeat this process with other volunteers if you wish

Discussion:
What kinds of words or descriptors were used to identify differences?
What types of words or adjectives described the similarities?
Why do you think we naturally fall to these patterns of observation?
Is it wrong to use physical characteristics to identify someone?
What are the pitfalls of using such labels to describe a person?
How do we avoid such pitfalls?
What are the positives of a diverse population?
How do you reap the most from a diverse population?

About Charlie Gleek

Ph.D. student in Comparative Studies and graduate instructor in the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University. My work takes place around intersections of postcolonial literature, quantitative literary analysis, and digital humanities.

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