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Reflecting on Hack 6: Designing Curriculum that Cultivates Compassion

June 27, 2018

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Reflecting on Hack 6: Designing Curriculum that Cultivates Compassion

June 27, 2018


Welcome back to the Hacking School Culture Book Club! 


If you're new to the club, here's what you need to know: Each Monday, Ellen or I will share a brief video introduction to a new chapter (or hack, as they are referred to in the Hack Learning series) along with an invitation to read it. The videos that we share will include our reflections about the writing process, our experiences meeting and coming to know the teachers featured in that section of the text, or perhaps a few thoughts about the ideas that you'll encounter there.


Each Wednesday, we will return with meaningful reflective questions, invitations to connect with us here or in our social spaces, and tools that can help you apply the ideas that we share in our book, including a few that we haven't shared elsewhere before. And if you subscribe to our blog, you'll receive some exclusive giveaways each Sunday. If you have questions as you're reading along, don't hesitate to contact us. We'd love to hear from you.


Want to begin at the beginning? We have archived all of our Hacking School Culture Book Club videos and posts in one place for you to access anytime.


Creating a Blueprint for Curriculum that Cultivates Compassion 


How might you begin crafting a curriculum that cultivates compassion? Consider creating a blueprint. If you've worked with your students to define the principles of your compassionate classroom, then you have a solid foundation in place. And if you know what your standards are, you're ready to begin defining the load bearing walls that provide critical support. 


What MUST be taught? Truly?


And what MAY be?


How might you make some time to achieve clarity here? Doing so often creates enough space for conversations that deepen our understanding of compassion, including those that honor our students' voices, choices, and cultural legacies. 


Voice, Choice, and Cultural Legacy


This inspires another question: How might we better access their voices and invite greater choice inside of our classrooms?


How do we help them choose pathways for learning that truly engage them?


And how might we teach them how to explore their cultural legacies and understand those that are different from them without perpetuating damaging generalizations and stereotypes?


Tools for You


If you've subscribed to our blog, you'll soon have access to some tools and protocols that support this work inside of classrooms and schools. Our Sunday Shout Out will also include a full set of discussion questions that you may print, distribute, and use with your book club on the ground. 


Are you ready to take a deeper dive into this work? Consider enrolling for our online course at Pace Yourself. You may register anytime, move through the course at your own pace, and revisit the site as often as you need to. Your access is unlimited and does not expire. Use the coupon code JULY through next week in order to receive a 50% discount, too. 


Thanks for visiting, all. We'll see you online. 











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