The Kaleidoscope of Lived Curricula

Learning Through a Confluence of Crises 13th Annual Curriculum & Pedagogy Group 2021 Edited Collection

Edited by:
Karin Ann Lewis, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Kimberly Banda, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Martha Briseno, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District
Eric J. Weber, Division of Outreach Services — South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind

A volume in the series: Curriculum and Pedagogy. Editor(s): The Curriculum and Pedagogy Group.

Published 2021

Within the context of recent, and ongoing, plural pandemics such as COVID-19 up/ending lives, social and racial chaos and catastrophe, political pressures, and economic convulsions, The Kaleidoscope of Lived Curricula: Learning Through a Confluence of Crises offers a journey through a collection of scholarly reflective creative pieces--stories of lived curricula. Like a kaleidoscope filled with loose pieces of simple colored glass and objects transforming into an infinite variety of beautiful forms and patterns with the slightest turn, the collection of pieces in this book reflect images of the sky that nurtures life; sun that illuminates understanding; earth that shifts and grounds us; fire that is primal, intending to spark and extend curricular and pedagogical conversations and understandings.

This book provides a lens through which to observe and experience how plural pandemics shifted the lived curricula--the colored glass and objects in the lives of others--to surface, contextualize, confront, and curate challenges, as well as celebrate the courageous and elevate and empower marginalized groups to relate, learn, and heal through stories of lived curricula.

This beautiful collection brings readers to an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the lived curricula unlike they have ever experienced before.

Introduction. PART I: SKY. White Noise, Ferial G. Pearson. Remembering Intergenerational Knowledge Though Practices of Eco-Literacy: A Curriculum Of Poetic Inquiry To Inspire Mental Health, Andrejs Kulnieks. Lived Experiences of a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Educator During a Global Pandemic, Armandina Thomas. A Teacher’s Thoughts at 3 AM, Sarrah J. Grubb. Being a Mother in/and the Pandemic: The Democratic Challenge of Zoom Teaching, Kelsey Benson. Coping During Multiple Crises: Performative Spaces in Teacher Education, J. Scott Baker. Resisting Conformity Through Art, Kathy Bussert-Webb. Someone Smells Like Poop: Stories of Mothering While Being an Academic, Eunice Lerma, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Karin Lewis, and Vejoya Viren. The Triumph of Love, Folake Elizabeth Adelakun. PART II: SUN. Thinking Spatially: A Shift in Modality Due to COVID-19 and the Students Who Remain Disconnected, Jason E. Titus. Found Poems and Imagery of Physical and Social Dis/Connections in Inclusive Education During a Pandemic, Melissa Cain and Louise Gwenneth Phillips. Scholar Participant Phantasmagoria: A Creative Reflection on Research Under Crisis, S. Gavin Weiser and Linsay DeMartino. Through the Looking Glass: A Professor’s Pandemic Journey Down the Rabbit Hole of Reddit, Mychelle Hadley Smith. Conversations, Performance-Based Learning, and Meaning Making: Understanding the Pandemic Through Philosophical Performance, Sheetal Digari, Sijin Yan, and Patrick Slattery. Transcending and Transforming: Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID 19, Kate E. O’Hara. Relational Teaching During a Pandemic: A Conversation Across Theories in Practice, Alicia Bitler, Ebtissam Oraby, and Kimberly Sloan. In Defense of a Place Called School: Aesthetics-as-Praxis in Times of Crisis, Morna McDermott McNulty. Workforce Economic Development Education Structures: When Administrative Crisis Leadership Makes a Difference in the Whole Organization, Melissa Sadler-Nitu and Juan F. Solis III. PART III: EARTH. La Cuarentena: A Personal Reflection on How COVID-19 Changed My Path, Cynthia Villarreal Cantu. Examined Lives: 10 Reflections on Our Pandemic Pedagogies, Margaret Clark and Rebecca Buchanan. ¿Co mo llegue aquí ? Latina, educada, educadora, bilingu e, Gloria Garcia. Living in Alignment: A Reflection on Vocational Calling, Dana M. Malone. Emotion (less): A Reflection on the Intersection of Lived Experiences, Screens and Laughter, Tara Lawson-Harris. Curriculum as a Vehicle for Societal Change. Reflecting on a Career Teaching in the Canadian Arctic, Tanya L. Saxby. COVID-19, Murder, and Multicultural Connections: My Dream Job, Michelle L. Knaier. What is the First Thing You Will Do? S. Pettus-Wakefield. PART IV: FIRE. Together in This Untogetherness, Samuel Jaye Tanner. The Courageous Imagination: Debating Politics and Religion, Eva Rose B. Washburn-Repollo. “Yo no me se vender, yo no me quiero vender”: Latina Women Navigating Personal and Professional Lives, Miryam Espinosa-Dulanto, Freyca Calderon-Berumen, and Karla O’Donald. Learning to Live an Anti-Racist Curriculum: A Non-Indigenous ‘Asian’ Australian Teacher’s Asiancrit Autoethnographic Account, Aaron Teo. The Kaleidoscope of Blackness: A Lived Experience of An African American Art Educator, Indira Bailey. Materializing Power of Critical Black Pedagogy: Educating within the Panopticon, Janelle Grant. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in a Time of Crises: A Reflection on Educators’ Perspectives of Critical Theory and Social Justice Issues, Araba A. Z. Osei-Tutu, Razak Dwomoh, Alankrita Chhikara, Lili Zhou, Stephanie Oudghiri, and Troy Bell. Dear Other Child: Three Letters from Lockdown, Julia Persky. About the Contributors.