I Am Dayna :: Beyond Appearance
Welcome to I Am Dayna :: Beyond Appearance -- Global Social Emotional Learning (SEL) that's humanizing. Let's love learning for life.
Let's step into a unique human's mind, heart, perspectives, and story. Let's explore self, others, and our world in a humanizing way. Take a deep breath. Let's get started.
Remember: this 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 and one another.
As we watch the wordless video, let's suspend judgment and to practice curiosity and wonder. Let's recognize bias and challenge our assumptions. Let's explore how we might move beyond these assumptions together in a meaningful way.
As we explore the lesson plan, let's remember these are not instructions. This is a learning guide. You can adapt this for your situation, and reach out to us anytime for ideas, too.
As we enter the written story, 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. (More on this in the humanity & belonging unit!)
We've got to remember that this person is a unique individual with unique, complex, and beautiful 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 really boring!
But curiosity? Curiosity is magical.
Learning? Learning is forever.
Curiosity Before Judgment.
More Resources: Looking for a powerful learning guide for empathy and curiosity practice? Here is a version for early childhood learning. Here is a version for self-guided learning at any age. You can use the lesson plan above in the "lesson plan" tab, or you can try one of these lessons that work wonders for any of the stories on Better World Ed.
Looking for a math focused "all stories" learning guide? Or one on deep breathing? On listening to understand? Head to your Members Hub for more magic!
Addition & Subtraction
United States (USA)
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 Diverse Perspectives & Ways Of Life, Empathy & Understanding, Perspective Taking & Global Awareness, Reflecting Mindfully, 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?