Before You Watch
Respond to the following questions:
- How do you define stereotype?
- Do you consider positive generalizations stereotypes also? (e.g., One racial group has a better sense of rhythm than another)
- What are some reasons why people engage in stereotyping?
- How important is it to teach students about stereotypes? Why?
- What are some ways to create a classroom climate for discussing stereotypes?
Watch the Video
As you watch "Understanding Stereotypes," take notes on instructional strategies Ms. Sinclair uses to teach students about stereotypes. Write down what you find interesting, surprising, or especially important about the teaching and learning in this lesson.
Reflecting on the Video
Review your notes, then respond to the following questions:
- What struck you about the classroom climate, background, preparation, strategies, and materials used in this lesson?
- What evidence do you see of meaningful and active teaching?
- How does Ms. Sinclair connect personal experiences to the concept of stereotyping?
- How do the letters that Ms. Sinclair and the students write add to the lesson?
Let's take a second look at Ms. Sinclair's class to focus on specific teaching strategies. Use the video images below to locate where to begin viewing.