Reflection: Checks for Understanding Stereotype Threat: Challenging Stereotypes in Life and Literature - Section 4: Fishbowl Discussion of the NPR Program


I scratched my head and wondered whether or not my students have ears after the first fish-bowl discussion. Really, not one kid mentioned the program. What did I do wrong? Rather than commenting or getting upset, I told the class I'm refraining from comment until later in the period. I bit my tongue and let the kids talk. 

The second group was better, but I need to adjust my practice and have some ideas:

  • I'll define stereotype threat first. 
  • I'll combine the questions into three for a pre-discussion before listening to the program. 
  • I'll replay the program after the first round of fishbowl if I have the same issue next time.

Of course, there is no guarantee these changes will work. Each class is different as is each year, but when the lesson doesn't work quite as well as I envisioned it would, I need to adjust things on my end and continue doing so as often as necessary. 

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Stereotype Threat: Challenging Stereotypes in Life and Literature

Unit 9: "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare: Unmasking a Troubling Text
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: SWBAT discuss how stereotypes influence female behavior in life and in literature.

Big Idea: Stereotypes lead to self-fulfilling prophecies among women in life and in literature.

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English / Language Arts, Taming of The Shrew, Gender Stereotypes, Stereotype Threat
  60 minutes
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