Day 9: Trauma and Healing

Today’s class is really awesome! I struggled to make it work in a virtual format, but I think it will be really successful in a physical classroom. It is a station-based lesson where students explore examples of different media through which communities remember traumatic memories. I wanted to bring in different performances of remembrance like eulogies, memorials, artwork, and apologies, though you should feel empowered to change those as you see fit. Have fun!

Goal: for everyone to gain an appreciation for how groups collectively remember traumatic memories.

Suggestions:

  • Since some of the material is really heavy and might evoke sad feelings/memories in students, I would recommend making a statement at the beginning of class that recognizes that and holds space for those feelings. I would also suggest that you give students the option to talk to you or step out of the room at any time if they are feeling strongly.

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