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The Power Flower
Transcript of The Power Flower
Definition: it operates on personal, interpersonal, and cultural levels and gives advantages, favors, and benefits to members of dominant groups at the expense of members of target groups
o Power: the ability to shape or influence the life of another.
Why is this important?!
How does this relate to my classroom?
Anonymous Text Survey?
Privilege vs. Power
Guiding Question: How do we see privilege and power operating in their lives, decisions, choices and opportunities?
For each section of the group power flower? or just 5-6 petals?
From roots to results
1. To find yourself, think for yourself
What is difficult about defining dominant culture? Is it necessary to agree on what it is?
What petal was difficult to fill in? Why?
How many inner petals do you have in common with dominant culture/the status quo?
Which of these categories can shift? What are your experiences with such shifts?
Which categories do you think most affect the amount of power and/or privilege on has in U.S. society?
What does the composite picture tell you about who we are as a group?
Identity, Teaching, and Leadership:
What does this exercise reveal to us about potential biases we should pay attention to in the classroom?
What does this tell us about who we are as a group? Where are we most privileged? In our school sites, how can we aware of these potential blind spots?
• What do we know about the students we will be teaching this summer?
o What assumptions did I have about the students prior to coming to institute?
• What do we know about Tulsa and/or about the
neighborhoods our students come from?
o What assumptions do I have about Tulsa and/or neighborhoods like those our students will be coming from?
What information do I need to know to better contextualize my students’ and their parents’ lived experiences?