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A recent tweet from Malala Yousafzai gave me pause to reflect.

Here is a challenge: Ask any one in a local school how students are prepared to deal with misinformation and disinformation. You might be told that there are “cyber wellness” programmes or that information literacy is built into curricula.

But this is the rub. Misinformation and disinformation are not just cognitive challenges. They are emotional ones too. The video in the tweet highlights how they might very well be emotional challenges first.

The programmes and curricula might try to prepare the head. But how do they attempt to prepare the heart?

I will share a strategy on how I design learning experiences and professional development opportunities for teachers and educators.
 

 
I appeal to the heart, head, and hands.

Teachers need to know why there is a need for a particular change at the beginning and it must be reinforced at the end. In between, there must be opportunity for sense-making and negotiating, and there are few substitutes for these outside of working with others and reflecting deeply.

Thoughts and feelings are fleeting so they must be recorded by hands-on activities. Such activities are also the most obvious to participants when it comes to recall and providing feedback. They serve as anchors to which a-ha or connect-the-dots moments are tethered.


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Most people would agree that it helps to get some other perspective when you have a problem.

Others will flatly refuse because of fear, pride, or ignorance.

This video hits the nail on the head by speaking to both parties.


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