Black history isn't just for February. Here, some perspectives on teaching Black history - and suggested activities for any time of the year.
Here's a collection of online lessons and resources to help you talk with students about the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
As a new school year begins, Paloma, a fifth-grade star goalie, is feeling sad and anxious. She tries ignoring her feelings, but as they start to show at school, her classmates single her out. Will Paloma find the strength to share her secret? This video read-aloud of the book Paloma's Secret can open up important conversations with our young ones.
Students read about and discuss three key policy debates as a new administration prepares to take office.
Students review and reflect on the news that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been declared winners of the 2020 presidential election.
Students share their thoughts and feelings in the wake of Election Day, reflect on the news, and take part in self-care activities.
Students reflect on the Election Day news, discuss a video about youth voting, and begin creating a self-care plan.
Guidelines for facilitating meaningful conversations with students during Election Week 2020, plus, updated daily lesson links.
Invite students to take a pause to listen and share as Election Week begins.
Dear Morningside Community,
We have some appreciations and some news to share with you.
Students consider four key issues discussed by Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the October 22, 2020 presidential debate: the Covid pandemic, healthcare, racism, and the climate crisis.
This activity invites students to hear the words of Jacob Blake’s mother and sister, and to reflect on their own thoughts and feelings about the police shooting in Kenosha Wisconsin, and its impact.
The coronavirus crisis has thrown our nation’s economic disparities into stark relief. In this activity, students use a set of interactive charts to investigate the current state of economic inequality in the U.S.—and make their own charts showing how they would like to see that data change.
In this video a second grade class looks to problem solve the issue of “being left out” in school.
This simple process gives young people—and adults—a chance to express their feelings about events of the day.
This video encourages us to rethink discipline policies in school to break the school to prison pipeline and be more equitable in our response to student (mis)behavior.
This video outlines three tiers of Restorative Practices: 1. Community and relationship building, 2. Community and relationship repair and conflict resolution, 3. Reintegration after a removal or other kind of absence.
Administrations and school staff talk about their experience rolling out Restorative Circles in their school over the course of the year.
In this video staff and students at a West Philadelphia High School talk about the transformation the school has undergone as a result of participation in restorative circles.
The holiday invites exploration of everything from American history to gratitude.
In this video school staff, resources officers, county probation department staff and students talk about their experience with restorative practices.
In this video staff and students talk about the impact of class meetings on them and on the school community. They talk about what happens in class meetings.
In this video staff talk about the positive impact class meetings have had on the school community, school discipline, and the development of student problem solving skills.
In this video staff and students talk about, and then show, how the school Justice Committee, practices mediation as part of an alternative approach to school discipline to resolve conflict and address issues.
Atlanta Public Schools has made Social and Emotional Learning a district priority because these life skills are a foundation for the academic successes of our students. This video outlines the social and emotional learning foundation needed for restorative holistic discipline to be successfully implemented in school.
In this video the teacher and her second graders use the class meeting process to collaboratively problem solve an issue in which one student was being bothered by other students.
Kansas City Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bedell is approaching discipline reform with a three-part plan focused on restorative practices, meditation and mentorship.
This video shows a high school that provides Safe Spaces for students to remove themselves from challenging situations, de-escalate their feelings, make different choices about how to move forward and transition back to class.
This video showcases a school that is implementing Restorative Discipline to address student behavior and resolve conflicts collaboratively, using restorative circles in a collaborative space they call “the zone.”
This video shows the power of a student-facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
In this video students talk about restorative circles in the academic classroom and the impact circles have had on them and their school community.
This video shows the power of restorative circles to build community and address harm. Circles are discussed and implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
Morningside Center's Daniel Coles shares the poem "Shoulders" by Naomi Shihab Nye, and suggests ways to use the poem in your classroom.
In this video the school to prison pipeline is explained and connected to how punitive discipline in schools disproportionately targets African American students, pushing them out of school at much higher rates than their White peers for the same behaviors
This video looks at taking the implementation of Restorative Practices in Chicago Public Schools to “the next level, the community level, to the parent level to expand best practices that we’re seeing taking place in our school so that we truly have a restorative community wrapped around our students.”
This video shows the various stages of a restorative conference between two young men, their families, friends, and other community members to address a situation of harm doing—Part 1: Dialogue: opening introductions, establishing guidelines, responsible youth incident summary, person harmed shares impact, family of responsible youth shares impact, community member perspective, Part II: Creating the Restorative Action Plan, Part III: Closing of restorative conference
This video discusses and shows the steps of a Restorative Pre-Conference (separately) with participants on different sides of an incident in which harm was done. The pre-conference aims to get participants comfortable and familiar (enough) with the conference to be willing and able to participate effectively when the parties are brought together to repair the harm and make things right. In this particular pre-conference the student who inflicted harm and his parents come together with the conference facilitators.
RP Video Library: This video shows a powerful Welcome and Reentry Circle that welcomes a student back to school after an absence. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our Introduction to Circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively teacher facilitated circle to build community and address issues. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: This video shows the power of an effectively student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling. The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle components found at our introduction to circles.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration, staff and students talk about the school’s transition from punitive practices to restorative practices and how the shift in mindset and practice impacted relationships at the school and school culture overall.
RP Video Library: In this video, administration and school staff talk about what restorative practices are, why we use restorative practices and what they look like implemented holistically in a school.
The student-led March for Our Lives was one of the largest demonstrations ever in Washington, D.C. Youth activists across the country are in the spotlight.
Black History Month was our excuse for asking our co-worker Daniel Coles, who is coordinating Morningside Center’s racial equity initiatives, to share some books he recommends to educators to raise our awareness on issues related to race. Behold the list below, in alphabetical order by author!
In this activity, students share their feelings about the election, have a listening circle, and then participate in a community-building activity.
Updated: The presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on October 9, 2016, raised some important but difficult issues about sexism and sexual assault. In this activity, students learn about and discuss the controversy, hear and discuss Michelle Obama's comments about it, share thoughts and feelings in a "listening circle," and brainstorm ways we can increase our respect for each other.
Consider giving students a few moments of silence and calm by asking them to focus on an object. If students respond positively to the experience, repeat it.
In this brief activity, students consider Oxfam's finding that the world's richest 1% will own half of global wealth by 2016.
I know that we are all exhaling a huge sigh of relief because June is within our reach, but I encourage you to press on; keep teaching how you know is right, every day that you have kids sitting in front of you.
In this activity students propose actions for addressing social injustices and look at ways that other young people have responded to injustice.
This activity uses a 6-minute video about wealth inequality that has gone viral on the internet with small-group activities to help students explore what they think U.S. wealth distribution currently is, what they think it should be, what it actually is, and what they might do about it. (For a non-video lesson addressing the same data, see our lesson Wealth & Taxes: What's Fair?)
Students talk about the 2012 election and President Obama's statement in his acceptance speech that "democracy does not end with our vote." Students then consider the issues that are most important to them, research the issues, and figure out how to take action on them.
We offer suggestions to introduce the topic of Hurricane Sandy in the classroom and ideas on ways to teach about it, with links to helpful articles and resources.
IRAQ WAR 9th anniversary See our index of the many lessons TeachableMoment has offered on the war since 2003.
The first lesson introduces students to the concept of conflict; the second has students practice coming up with "win-win solutions." See our conflict resolution programs.
In this lesson, students practice active listening by paraphrasing what they hear.
Students consider stereotypes, beginning with stereotypes of "teenagers."
Uses a student role play to help young people consider the choices of assertiveness, aggressiveness, and passivity.
Working in small groups, students categorize coping strategies as positive, negative, neutral, and time-out behaviors.
Students work individually to create a "cultural banner" expressing values, traditions, and activities important in their families.
As controversy grows over military recruitment in high schools, we offer a set of rigorous, inquiry-oriented and student-friendly readings and activities that explore many aspects of the military, the draft, and the war:
Students work in small groups to create a group "machine."
In this activity for grades 3-6, students practice the skills of good listening.
Well-structured small-group discussion can help students discuss issues of the day that concern them.
A series of classroom activities culminate in students interviewing a peacemaker in their school or community.
Through an exercise and roleplays, students consider the importance of understanding another person's point of view in solving a conflict.
Students observe that even friends may disagree in their opinions. The lesson includes an "opinion continuum" exercise that encourages students to respectfully express and listen to different opinions.
In a group and one-on-one, students consider their similarities and differences and see that it's okay to talk about diversity.
After two puppets discuss how a bully at their school, youngsters analyze what they've seen and consider how to respond to the bully.
Encourages students to consider the effect of "put-downs" and to think about how to express "put-ups."
This pdf booklet, produced by the City University of New York's Murphy Institute, includes lots of facts and figures (and cartoons) about issues such as government spending and public sector wages, providing rich material for a HS or college social studies or economics class.
This 38-page PDF booklet includes great activities to get your class (grades preK-12) off to a good start in the new school year.