This week, worldgeochat goes back to its roots as we have a regional chat about Africa.
The very first worldgeochat blog post I wrote was Teaching Africa Without All the Sadness. For tears I taught Africa through the lens of tragedy and pity. I got my kids to care about Africa, but they felt sorry for Africans, and didn’t appreciate the rich diversity of African cultures.
A few other must see resources before our chat are:
The Danger of a Single Story Ted Talk by Chimamanda Adichie
Music Lyrics: Engaging Primary Sources – a great post from Ed
And here are this week’s question…
- What are the 4 “must teach” topics about Africa today? How can we address these in the classroom?
- What themes or topics can use Africa as a case study?
- How can we break the “single story” mentality and help students see the diversity of Africa – culturally and naturally?
- Too often, Africa’s history is only addressed through conflict, what historic topics can be used to show a different perspective?
- How can we encourage students to think critically about Africa – what strategies do you use to move them beyond just what is in the media?
- Show and tell time! Share your best resource or lesson you have used to teach about Africa.
- What is something you’ve discovered or learned tonight that you can definitely use – shout out & thank the #worldgeochat’r who introduced you to it!