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Asset Pedagogies

Open pedagogy is an asset or asset-based pedagogy, as are culturally sustaining pedagogy and trauma-informed pedagogy (and applied in a global health crisis). (These last two links will download documents from Columbia School of Social Work.)  Asset pedagogies focus on strengths of our students and their communities, rather than deficits.

After reading the information at the links above, write a reflection in response to the following questions:

  • What are some ways you currently incorporate culturally sustaining pedagogy and trauma-informed pedagogy into your course?
  • In what other ways might you apply asset pedagogies in your teaching and your students’ learning?
  • How do culturally sustaining pedagogy and trauma-informed pedagogy complement or relate to open pedagogy?

You are encouraged to share your responses to the reflection questions in the comments below so that your colleagues may learn from you and you may learn from your colleagues.

Bonus listen: For more information on trauma-informed pedagogy, Tea for Teaching has a helpful interview (48 mins) with Karen Costa, an educator who’s been working in this area for several years.

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