Start Great Culture-Relevant Discussions with your Teens

This is a reblog from “The Culture Translator”. Go online to sign up for their free weekly newsletter that aims to help you better understand the world your student inhabits, provide weekly insight into how pop culture, technology and media are influencing your students AND provide a platform to start biblically-based conversations with your teens



Vol. 2 Issue 40 | October 7, 2016

Three Things This Week

1. 4 Great Questions

What it is: In David Kinnaman’s book “Good Faith,” he describes four critical conversation starters to help you talk with your students about some of the most divisive issues of our day.

What they are: Whether it’s politics, gender confusion, video games, racial problems, or dating, ask your students these four questions to help frame every difficult conversation: 1. What is Right? (Celebrate it.) 2. What is Wrong? (Correct it.) 3. What is Missing? (Create it.) 4. What is Confused? (Clarify it.) Use these four questions to help your students develop conviction about their own beliefs, while cultivating compassion and respect for those who may disagree with them.

2. Clowns

What it is: An epidemic of creepy clowns have been spotted all across the United States causing school closures and even a riot on Penn State’s campus earlier this week.

Why it’s weird: Clowns are kinda freaky anyway, much less reports of a machete wielding clown in Georgia, or clowns in South Carolina attempting to lure children into the woods. This story is a perfect example of a few real life events fueling a social media fire-storm leading to the outbreak of copycat occurrences across the US. In truth, clown threats are more of a social media phenomenon among students than a real world reality, reminding us of how easily it is to blur the lines between the virtual world and the real world.

3. #NationalPoetryDay

What it is: Thursday, October 6 was National Poetry Day.

Why it’s important: In our technological age of texts and tweets, when schools often just teach to the test while de-emphasizing creativity, offer your students living ideas instead of dry facts. How?Read poetry. Read poetry to remind yourself that you are human. Read poetry to engage the heart and the mind. Read poetry to encourage your students that there is no education like self-education, and no stimulus to unleash the imagination like the power and form of beautiful words. Here are three contemporary poets to read with your students: Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, and Malcolm Guite. And, here are the top 20 “poems” your students are listening to this week.

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