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CULTURE
This subject has 11 different exercises to choose from.


Exercise 1
A Guide for Setting Ground Rules

by Paul Gorski

These guidelines, often referred to as "ground rules," should provide the class a frame to ensure open, respectful dialogue, and maximum participation.

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Exercise 2
The Depth and Breadth of "Multicultural"
by Paul Gorski

The Depth and Breadth of "Multicultural" is designed to engage students in a process of defining "culture" and examining its complexity. Often, especially in a class about multiculturalism or diversity, "culture" becomes synonymous with "race" or "ethnicity." This activity reveals the limitations of such a conceptualization and challenges the assumptions that are often made by educators about what students identify as the important strands of the "cultural" in "multicultural."

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Exercise 3
Circles of My Multicultural Self
by Paul Gorski

The Circles activity engages participants in a process of identifying what they consider to be the most important dimensions of their own identity. Stereotypes are examined as participants share stories about when they were proud to be part of a particular group and when it was especially hurtful to be associated with a particular group.

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Exercise 4
Classroom Inclusion and Learning Needs
by Paul Gorski

Participants share their own experiences as students, exploring different ways people are made to feel "included" in the learning process. The existence of different learning needs and the necessity for a wide range of teaching styles emerges.

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Exercise 5
Student Fishbowl
by Paul Gorski

Fishbowl activities force participants to actively listen to the experiences and perspectives of a specific group of people. A student fishbowl gives pre-service and in-service educators an opportunity to hear the experiences, ideas, and critiques of current students while giving the students an opportunity to be active in the dialogue on multicultural education and education transformation.

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Exercise 6
Connecting with School Prejudice and Discrimination
by Paul Gorski

Connecting with School Prejudice and Discrimination is an activity designed to facilitate active listening and the development of a humanistic understanding of how different forms of oppression in schools affect individuals in deep, and often life-changing ways. Several important lessons can emerge from this activity.

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Exercise 7
Multicultural Awareness Quiz
by Paul Gorski

The Multicultural Awareness Quiz illustrates how our perceptions of reality, and the "facts" we are taught through the media, the education system, and other sources of information, are often limited in depth or simply wrong. Students take a multiple choice quiz with questions relating to race, gender, and socioeconomic class, then discuss the correct answers and their own misperceptions.

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Exercise 8
Facilitating the Difficult Dialogue: Role Plays
by Paul Gorski

Teachers are often hesitant to introduce topics like racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism in the classroom because their training has not prepared them to handle the issues and exchanges that may result. This activity provides participants an opportunity to share stories about when discussions about these topics took an unexpected turn they were unprepared to handle, then to share ideas about how to address these circumstances in the future.

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Exercise 9
Collaborative Problem-Solving: Case Studies
by Paul Gorski

The purpose of this activity is to engage teachers in a process of collaborative problem-solving around multicultural issues through the use of case studies. Participants will develop an understanding and appreciation for the necessity to include a variety of voices and perspectives to successfully address issues that arise around race, gender, culture, sexual orientation, or any other identity dimension. They will also begin to better understand the collaborative process and how they tend to participate in it. This activity can also be a useful springboard into conversations about specific issues drawn from the cases or case studies.

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Exercise 10
Extracting Meaning from What We See:
Developing Perspective Consciousness with Pictures
by Kathy Jerome and Elgin Heinz

Following are five perspective-consciousness activities that have been used by many teachers at all levels to provide practice in questioning, generalizing, and conceptualizing, differing only in the sophistication of questions and answers. They can be used with individuals, small groups, or entire classes (Small groups generally are preferable, but, if slides are used, can require a substantial mobilization of resources).

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Exercise 11
Learning the Hard Way:
Examining School Segregation Around the World

by NY Times Learning

In this lesson, students explore instances of segregated education around the world, supporting and refuting the idea through debate and persuasive essay.

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