Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools. A role play on the origins of the modern high school allows students to question aspects of schooling they often take for granted, such as tracking (“ability grouping”) and standardized testing — and to reflect on the racial biases of these so-called reforms.Continue reading
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 7 pages. Students read a poignant excerpt from Agnes Smedley's novel, Daughter of Earth, and use it to think and write about how schooling—their own included—teaches lessons about social class.Continue reading
Constitution Role Play: Whose “More Perfect Union”? and The Constitutional Convention: Who Really Won?
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 24 pages. The U.S. Constitution endorsed slavery and favored the interests of the owning classes. What kind of Constitution would have resulted from founders who were representative of the entire country? That is the question addressed in this role play activity.Continue reading
Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools. A trial role play helps students reflect on responsibility for the deaths of Irish peasants during the so-called potato famine.Continue reading
Reading for Teachers. By Bill Bigelow. Author describes how students applied strategies from the Lawrence strike to their own present day activism.Continue reading