(last updated January 2015)
Incorporating Youth Voices In Your Classroom
Looking to engage your students with Youth Voices on China?
Here are some teaching tips and resources for middle and high school teachers, if you are introducing our Contest as an project outside the classroom, or integrating it more fully into classroom curricula.
- Step 1: Please register for our YVOC Educator Community FIRST, so you can stay on top of news & more resources.
- Step 2: Familiarize yourself with our Contest Rules to assist your students’ process
- Step 3: See our Classroom tips & resources below.
1. Educator Goals for our Video Contest:
- Use the contest to help students deepen their learning about China and their global awareness, while seeking balanced perspectives.
- Have students express their opinions, observations, and understandings about China or themselves in a personally relevant way.
- By creating video with animation, rap, music, performances, or other creative techniques, students will have fun while they are learning about the subject.
2. See How Our contest Meets Common Core and ISTE standards.
3. Teachers Toolkit: Assignments, Rubrics & More
If you wish to assign our Contest as a class project, explore our Toolkit and more below that are designed for Middle and High School Teachers. These were created by Patricia Donohue, our San Francisco State University advisor for our curriculum integration efforts.
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4. Classroom Teaching Guide: Steps
After you you review some of the above, the Teaching Guide below will walk you through the steps to integrate the Youth Voices contest as a curriculum unit in one of your classes.
1. Choose a subject or course unit that will be helped by students thinking deeply about a topic or issue.
2. Plan a TIMETABLE that includes the following:
5. A Teacher’s Perspective
Get inspired to do Youth Voices! See this video from C-Span Fellow and teacher Tracey Van Dusen of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI, who discusses how she incorporated C-Span’s StudentCam documentary competition into her classroom. It also includes video testimonials and suggestions from her students.
- Tracey Van Dusen on “Teaching StudentCam” (.MOV video file)
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