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ERIC Number: EJ1228695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
"Pinning" with Pause: Supporting Teachers' Critical Consumption on Sites of Curriculum Sharing
Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Swalwell, Katy M.; Bellows, M. Elizabeth
Social Education, v83 n4 p217-224 Sep 2019
Millions of teachers regularly turn to Internet sharing sites such as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for curriculum resources and ideas. While this innovative technology poses a number of advantages for teachers who are almost never given an appropriate amount of time to engage in curriculum planning, and who can supplement their frustratingly low salaries by selling their ideas, it also presents serious disadvantages. In this article, the authors argue that seeking out curricular resources through these sites without critical literacy habits can deter the kind of active and critical reflection that is vital to meaningfully planned lessons. If teachers care about engaging students in curriculum and pedagogy that is multicultural and justice-oriented, then they must adopt a filter to help assess what resources, activities, and ideas they bring into the classroom from sharing sites. What the authors call "pinning with pause" is especially important as it relates to elementary social studies. Elementary classrooms are often the first places where children begin to construct concepts about the social world--a process they are engaged in throughout the school day whether or not their teacher is explicit about it. If teachers are not careful, they can inadvertently send problematic and mixed messages about the social world through curriculum from all different disciplines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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