Teaching After Political Unrest: Resources for Deaf Education

January 7, 2021

Talking with your students about the events at the Capitol

Part of the job as educators is to bring a space for our students to talk about the current events of the world. Last night, many of us were glued to the TV watching the events that unfolded at the United States Capitol as Congress began to certify the votes of the Presidential Election of 2020. How do we address this event with our students? Here are some resources that we found to assist you in your instructional planning. 

Protestors Storm the U.S. Capitol – News in ASL

To make the current events accessible in ASL, here is a video of Alex Abenchuchan, a deaf journalist and creator of The Daily Moth, explaining what happened at the U.S. Capitol.

Discussing Challenging News Stories With Kids 

This article talks about addressing the hard and scary news with students in the classroom. Suggestions are provided on how to guide the conversation with children without instilling fear in them.  

Resources for Teachers on the Days After the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

This guest post discusses how this topic should not be limited to social studies classes but all. In this article, you’ll find specific tips for educators on how to be creative with the dialogue, including remote learning. There are also links to further resources to use with activities that promote this much-needed dialogue.

Help Students Process Their Thinking 

As the event happened, many educators took upon Twitter for support. One asked, “How do we discuss this tomorrow with our students?” There were so many great responses and @alanakooi‘s  response stood out. Read on for her specific suggestion for an activity suited for language arts classes.

Supporting Students During Troubling Times 

This is a list created by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) on how to support students during troubling times. It also advises educators to check with schools to see how much is allowed to be discussed in the classroom. While this article may have been written regarding the election results but still applicable to yesterday’s events.  

Teaching on the Days After, A Facebook Group 

This Facebook group is where educators come together to have a dialogue on how to address the traumatic events of the world in the classroom. It is also a place where educators get support and share resources to use with students with each other. You would need to join the group to be able to participate. 

What I’m telling my kids about January 6th, 2021

This blog post is from a parent who shares how they’re discussing the riot with their young children. It provides structure for how to respond to children and their questions in simple ways. The author also provides other links for further reading on the subject.

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