My biggest take away from this course occurred during the first few weeks of the semester around personal experiences. The Johnson text, Privilege, Power and Difference forced me to think in a way about myself and my teaching I have not previously done. It opened up my eyes to a completely different point of view which allowed me to consider other positions besides that of a white, middle-class female. Hearing others’ experiences in the class, also got me reflecting more on my life and how fortunate I am.  They often shared things that made me think differently about past experiences. These discussions have allowed me to embrace diversity and meet the needs of students.

The photo essay we had to complete also allowed me to see my district in a different light. Learning about policy and social justice standards this semester allowed me to see that my district is not strong in this area. After speaking with my curriculum director, I know this will be an area of focus for the upcoming school year. My participation in the class will allow me to bring more to the discussion moving forward on how we can be a more culturally responsive district and address these standards. 

Teaching elementary school, I know the importance of starting these conversations around differences, stereotypes, and culture at a young age.  I will continue to develop a culture that is respectful and open to discussions in my classroom so we can meet the needs of all students.

I appreciate all the hard work of everyone in the class and their ability to be open and forthcoming about diversity.  Thank you to all for a great semester. 


Revised Lesson Plan

Revised Lesson Plan #577
Social Justice Lesson Plan

Mullen #577 Final Reflection

Throughout this course, we explored how diversity plays a role in education from different perspectives. From a policy standpoint, we examined how governing bodies worked to foster diversity in public schools. Through policies like Title IX, schools strived to become more equitable and accessible for people from different backgrounds.

While the powers that be have set policies to improve conditions, we learned how societal changes needed to occur before the impact was felt. When the cultures of schools remain the same, the policy changes do not work. When public entities are motivated to promote diversity in their institutions and participants recognize the benefits of diversity, genuine change occurs.

We also learned how cultural background and identity contingencies affect people’s education. Challenges like stereotype threat can hinder student performance before they even enter the classroom. Most importantly, we learned ways to recognize the challenges of oppression and privilege to better meet the needs of all students.

There were many aspects about EDUC 577 that have impacted the way I teach. Recognizing how cultural background affects a students perception of school has helped me better differentiate my lesson plans to meet the needs of my students. Recognizing my own identity contingencies has helped me acknowledge that my experience in society may be very different than that of my students and coworkers. Identifying how privilege and oppression play a role in the school system has changed the way I view my classroom. I look forward to applying the principles we learned throughout this semester in my everyday life to ensure that my students get the education they all deserve.

Social Justice Lesson Plan

Hello all!

Here is my Social Justice Lesson Plan.




Andrew Levinton

Revised Lesson

Social Justice Lesson Plan Template

Contextual information: How culture affects fashion

Grade level: 7th

Subject: FACS

Lesson time length: 49 Minutes

Characteristics of the class: (multi-age or grade level, developmental level, etc.)

Social Justice Standards (Teaching Tolerance): (Check all that apply)

Identity X 1. Students will develop positive social identities based on their membership in multiple groups in society. X 2. Students will develop language and historical and cultural knowledge that affirm and accurately describe their membership in multiple identity groups. ___3. Students will recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals. ___4. Students will express pride, confidence and healthy self-esteem without denying the value and dignity of other people. X 5. Students will recognize traits of the dominant culture, their home culture and other cultures and understand how they negotiate their own identity in multiple spaces. Diversity X 6. Students will express comfort with people who are both similar to and different from them and engage respectfully with all people. X 7. Students will develop language and knowledge to accurately and respectfully describe how people (including themselves) are both similar to and different from each other and others in their identity groups. X 8. Students will respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way. ___9. Students will respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection. X 10. Students will examine diversity in social, cultural, political and historical contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or oversimplified.
Justice X 11. Students will recognize stereotypes and relate to people as individuals rather than representatives of groups. ___12. Students will recognize unfairness on the individual level (e.g., biased speech) and injustice at the institutional or systemic level (e.g., discrimination). ___13. Students will analyze the harmful impact of bias and injustice on the world, historically and today. ___14. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics. ___15. Students will identify figures, groups, events and a variety of strategies and philosophies relevant to the history of social justice around the world.   Action ___16. Students will express empathy when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when they themselves experience bias. X 17. Students will recognize their own responsibility to stand up to exclusion, prejudice and injustice. ___18. Students will speak up with courage and respect when they or someone else has been hurt or wronged by bias. ___19. Students will make principled decisions about when and how to take a stand against bias and injustice in their everyday lives and will do so despite negative peer or group pressure. ___20. Students will plan and carry out collective action against bias and injustice in the world and will evaluate what strategies are most effective.
X Empowered learner- Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.   Computational thinker-  Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions.
  Digital citizen-  Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.   Creative communicator-  Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
X Knowledge constructor- Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.     Global collaborator- Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
  Innovative designer- Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.    

 ISTE Standards for Students (click all that apply)

Purpose/Rationale: Students will be learning about how culture shapes the way we dress. This will be taken place during a clothes/fashion unit. The purpose of this lesson is that students will research and present information about different cultures, how geographic and cultures affect personal adornment, and how others in said cultures can have positive or negative stereotypes based on how they dress.

The classroom consists of 10-19 students that meet every other day. About 1-3 students in each class has an iep or 504 plan. Most accommodations consist of extra time for projects or test.

Materials and Technology Tools:

Instruction sheet posted on schoology



Students will be able to collaborate as a group to research at least 10 key facts about a unique culture or subgroup.

Students will be able to present of research and images of corporal and external adornment of a specific culture

Students will be able to reflect on their own fashion choices and how it compares to others.

Instructional Procedures: (please remember to integrate technology tools)

Introductory Activity:

-Spend 3-5 minutes on bellringer: Describe your process when buying clothes in 3-4 sentences. Helpful prompts: Do you look at labels or brands? Do you consider function over fashion? Do you always go to the same stores or try different places? How much of an influence are your parents or friends on your decisions?

Class will have discussions on student answers. Have students get in groups of 2-4. Introduce the project.

Developing Activity:

Students will have up to 5 minutes picking a culture, country, subgroup, or time period to research.

They will be using Google slides to make a presentation about their culture. They are to research fashion originating from the country, both corporal and external. They will be researching what aspects affected the fashion (climate, culture, economics, etc.). They will research if there were negative stereotypes or bias based on the clothes.

Students may be able to present today, if not they will present next class.

Concluding Activity:

Exit Ticket:

How does your fashion choice differ from the group you researched? Explain the differences and the reason of these differences in 2-4 sentences.


Bellringer + Exit Ticket

Presentation Rubric


Fashion Around the World


You and your group are tasked with researching the fashion of a group of people. They can be from a specific country (ex. Africa), culture (ex. Hindi), subgroup (ex. “emos”), or time period (ex. 1920s). You will be working together to research and present through google slides. Read instructions and grades to ensure that you are working to the specifications of the project.

Example of research topics: You are not limited to these suggestions

Africa Thailand Japan Ireland Hawaii Western culture Indosphere Sinosphere Islamic culture Arab culture Tibetan culture Punk Emo Goth Prep Jock 1920s 1930s 1960s 1980s 2000s  

Required Reseach:

-Types of fashion that originated or is highly used from your group. List at least one external (temporary) adornment and one corporal (permanent)

-What factors influence their type of clothes (money, religion, climate, etc.)

-Negative or positive stereotypes that based on the group of people you researched (ex. Everyone in the Islamic culture are terrorist is a negative stereotype).

-How can people, as a whole, change negative stereotyping?


Criteria 0 Point 1 Point 2 Points 3 points
Group completed assignment on time. Group did not use research tools or contained little to no information. Group answered some of required research but is missing sufficient detail.   Group answered most of required research but is missing minor details. Group is well-detailed and answers all required research.
  Presentation Group did not present information. One member presented. Most members presented information or did not present clearly. All members presented information in a clear and
  Group-Work (graded individually) Students did not work within group. Work was uneven divided. Student did not do much work Student did some work within group Student worked well with group.
  Time and effort. Students did not complete any of the assignment on time. Group did not complete most of the assignment or was turned in very late. Group completed assignment but was late. Group completed assignment on time.

Feedback from peers:

Peer Review Sheet

EDUC 577

Dr. Waid

Name of Reviewer: Miranda VanDonsel

Name of Person submitting lesson plan: Andee Bartholomew

Categories to review:

               Category                                          Target                                 Feedback

Contextual information       Included all the required contextual information for the lesson. This lesson was well organized, but was missing the classroom characterization. This information is crucial for others to gain a better understanding of the developmental level of the classroom.
Standards       Lesson was well-aligned with the Social Justice/ISTE Standards The social justice standards and ISTE Standards were clearly identified and met within the lesson.
Instructional strategies         Instructional strategies were well- aligned with the objectives of the lesson. Made good use of technology The lesson followed and met each of the stated objectives. Technology was present and used effectively through the use of Google Docs. Each objective was met
Assessments         The assessments were well-aligned with the objectives of the lesson Assessment supported lesson objectives
Reflection- N/A ( each student will include this in the final submission (on the lesson plan template itself) on WordPress The reflection richly addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson N/A

Additional comments:

Great Job! Your lesson was clearly put together and aligned perfectly with your objectives and standards!


Address the following:

  1. What did you do to insure that you had met your objectives in this lesson?

I looked at each objective and made sure that everything was addressed in at least one part of my lesson. All of my assessments gauge if students meet each objective.

  • What were some of the strengths in the lesson?

It has students learning about different cultures and beliefs of the world around them. It may introduce the thought that people around the world are different then where they grew up.

  • What are some things that could be improved in this lesson?

I would spend more time on this lesson than just one day. Make the exit ticket more of an essay than a paragraph late on in the unit.

Social Justice Lesson Plan Rubric

  Ineffective Developing Effective
Contextual information Included minimal of no contextual information for the lesson Included most of the required contextual information for the lesson Included all the required contextual information for the lesson
Standards Lesson had minimal or no alignment to the Social Justice Standards Lesson had evidence of alignment to the Social Justice Standards Lesson was well-aligned with the Social Justice Standards
Instructional strategies Instructional strategies had minimal alignment with the objectives of this lesson. Used no technology Instructional strategies were mostly aligned with the objectives of the lesson. Used some technology Instructional strategies were well- aligned with the objectives of the lesson. Made good use of technology
Assessments The assessments had minimal alignment to the objectives of the lesson The assessments were mostly aligned with the objectives of the lesson The assessments were well-aligned with the objectives of the lesson
Reflection The reflection minimally addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson The reflection mostly addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson The reflection richly addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson

Final Reflection

After taking this class, I have learned a lot about diversity and how it relates to myself and my classroom. There were many aspects of privilege I was not aware that I had, and how this impacts me and my teaching. Although I do try to incorporate diversity into my classroom, it seems that there is always more I can be doing. I also realized that diversity does not have to just be about skin color, but it can also relate to gender and socioeconomic status as well and those are important aspects that I would like to work on incorporating into my classroom as well. I also got some great ideas on social justice lesson ideas from my classmates that would be incredibly beneficial to use in the classroom to help teach diversity. I believe that teaching students at an early age about diversity will make them more tolerant and accepting of those who are different from them. The sooner we have these discussions and teach these lessons, the better off our students will be in the future.

Thank you!


EDUC 577 Final Reflection #577


After taking this course, I have absorbed a tremendous amount of information relating to diversity on an everyday basis and in educational environments. Since I am currently teaching, I was able to relate the content of this course to my classroom. I believe that being able to apply this knowledge to my current classroom environment was very beneficial for my students and for myself. Using this information, I was able to see how diversity impacts my students on a daily basis. The biggest takeaway about diversity in education that I did not realize prior to this course is that it does apply to the mathematics curriculum. As a math teacher, I never understood how to incorporate diversity in to my curriculum. Due to this, I was never able to fully relate to my diversity courses during my undergrad. Now that I am able to see that diversity can be appreciated in a mathematics classroom, I understand how important it is to emphasize on in an educational setting. Being able to focus on different cultures, identities, and student differences in the classroom has been very beneficial for my entire class. My class has now appreciated their differences and is proud of their true identity. As a teacher, I will strive to provide my students with this type of education for the rest of my career. I believe that the students who receive this type of education are more well-rounded and respectful adults. Preparing students for this diverse future is an amazing way to set them up for success. Overall, this course has provided with an immense amount of useful and applicable knowledge. I now believe that I have a better understanding of my current students and the ones that I will be teaching in the future. I understand how to embrace differences and utilize each student’s strengths to aid the curriculum.

Thank you for an amazing semester.


Jaidin Tonneson