I Am Dayna :: Beyond Appearance
Welcome to I Am Dayna :: Beyond Appearance -- Global SEL in action. Let's step into a unique human's mind, heart, perspectives, and story. Let's explore self, others, and our world in a new, beautiful way. A new wordless video paired with written stories and lesson plans to help us build our social emotional skills, empathy, global understanding, curiosity, critical thinking, and compassion together.
Culturally inclusive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) integrated directly with math, literacy, and more. Get started by clicking the STORY or LESSON PLAN tabs -- or start with the Wordless Video above. Social Emotional Learning that makes math and literacy inspiring.
As we engage, let's remember that this Learning Journey story is an introduction to who this human is. It would take years (even a lifetime of heartstorming!) to wholly understand this person, just like it takes us such a long time to begin to understand ourselves.
As we enter the wordless video, let's remember to suspend judgment and to focus on curiosity and wonder. To recognize bias and assumptions, and to explore how we might move beyond these assumptions together in a meaningful way. (Here is a powerful lesson plan for this, as another option for a lesson plan!)
As we enter the written stories, let's remember that this person in the story is not representative of a whole culture or way of life -- learning means moving beyond generalizations and simple single stories. We've got to remember that this person is a unique individual with unique experiences, just like everyone in our own lives and classrooms. We've got to live with ubuntu.
Judgment and bias are both quick to get and hard to get rid of. And both are rather boring!
But learning? Learning is magical. Learning is forever.
Addition & Subtraction
Art & Dance, Business & Economics, Humanity, Belonging, Inclusion & Equity, Movement, Mindfulness, Yoga & Mental Health
Adding decimals, Common fractions and decimals, Subtracting decimals
Author's Purpose, Comprehension and Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Evidence Collection, Inferencing
Addressing Challenges & Community Engagement, Analyzing Situations, Appreciating Diversity, Empathy, Perspective Taking & Global Awareness, Reflecting, Respect for Others & Character Development, Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Social Engagement
Math Grade Level
4th - 6th
Community Engagement, Culture, Current Events, Ethnography, Geography, Global Connections, Sociology
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I Am Dayna :: Beyond Appearance
Hi there, come on in! See these wooden blocks? These are what I use to create the shapes of the hats I make! More on that later… first I want to tell you a bit about the journey that has been my life so far. I never dreamed of becoming a milliner. Any idea what type of job that could be? It means I am a hat maker, and it just sort of happened. Life is funny that way. Although, apparently when I was young I always wore this crazy little stocking cap with two horns! I think I liked it because it was really silly looking. This is what my parents tell me, at least, and it doesn’t surprise me one bit. Life tends to work out the way it is supposed to.
What do you think about my belief that “Life tends to work out the way it is supposed to?” What do you think I mean? Do you ever feel that way? Why or why not? Can you think of examples from your own life where something weird or funny happened a long time ago, but later you realized how it fit into what you are doing with your life right now?
Let’s say I stack some blocks together so that the total height is 9.5 inches. Then, I take out the one that is 4.3 inches tall. What is the height remaining?