Month: August 2020

Using Film to Combat Teacher Bias and Democratize Assessment

Thinking back into one’s own education, you might remember a teacher using film as a bright moment that propelled historical empathy and thinking, or an absolute bore. Thinking back on my own education, I had professors & teachers who used film artfully, using movies as a vehicle to challenge students’ perceptions of the past. Other teachers showed films to relieve a substitute teacher from having to deal with unruly students, or used it themselves to …

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Considering Students Emotional Well-Being While Exposing Them To Trauma: Using The Movie 12 Years A Slave (2013)

My colleague and I are writing a book chapter about using the memoir and film 12 Years A Slave to teach about the trauma of slavery to eighth grade students. I discussed with another colleague, a Black American woman, who discussed how she is unable to watch the film. She described how the movie is too traumatic and she fears that watching it will only result in a worsened emotional state. My colleague’s perspective of …

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