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Scholar Activism: Reflections on Becoming a Scholar-Activist

Tch Laureate Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe teaches ELA at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists (BSSWA) in New York City, a secondary school where teachers refer to their students as Scholar-Activists. She’s developed a unit on Scholar Activism for her middle school students to give them a better idea of what that title means and the honor it carries.

So far, we’ve explored the following questions:

What, exactly, is scholar activism, and why is it important to teach our students about scholar activism in the classroom?

How might we create a scholar-activist experience?

What connections can we make to help us collaborate with our communities as scholar-activists?

How might we engage our students in community action projects?

How might we use the physical space in our classrooms as a learning tool?

How might students present their scholar-activist work to each other and to the broader community?

Reflection is an important part of teaching and learning in every classroom. In this post, Geneviève shares how she and her students reflect on what it means to be a scholar-activist and on what they've learned over the course of the unit.

Resources:

Student Reflection

Teacher Reflection

Encouraging Students to Take Action


Geneviève Debose Akinnagbe is an educator, artist, and activist who has taught middle school for over a decade. She is a proud National Board Certified Teacher and U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow. Geneviève strongly believes that education is a tool for social justice and empowerment, and that learning experiences for children should be culturally relevant, student-centered, and interactive. She started her teaching career as a 1999 Teach for America corps member and currently serves as a commissioner on the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. Geneviève is a seventh grade English Language Arts teacher at Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists in New York City. Connect with Geneviève on Twitter: @GenevieveDeBose.

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