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IL 2003 - UNDERSTANDING TEACHING THROUGH A SOCIAL WORKERS LENS

Credits: 3.0

One critical key to being an effective teacher is being able to delve deep into seeing and understanding people's lived experiences. To do so well, requires that one adopt the 'lens' of a social worker in addition to that of a teacher. Diverse urban school students often have experiences that our predominately white, suburban, middle class teaching force haven't, the knowledge of which can assist teachers in better interpreting behaviors and contextualizing their work. Such topics as trauma, health, family dynamics, violence, and poverty are addressed. This course is a collaboration with the school of social work faculty.