Do Black Lives Matter at School?

Hey, teacher: did you know that the week of February 5-10, 2018 has been designated Black Lives Matter At School? Did you know that Black Lives Matter at School is a thing? According to Teaching for Change, an organization dedicated to social justice, the first full week of February promotes three demands: End Zero Tolerance, and... Continue Reading →

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Barbie Doll Teachers: Is That What We Want?

Should teachers be politically androgynous?  Barbie Dolls, besides lacking correct anatomy and proportions, perpetually smile-at everything. Their vapid expressions often connote brainlessness or at least ignorance. In essence, Barbie Dolls are passive, happy toys. For some Americans, the ideal image of a teacher is similar to that of a Barbie Doll: pleasant, non-confrontational, amusing, and... Continue Reading →

Teaching While White…

The 2017–2018 school year has brought new opportunities for this veteran teacher, including the challenge of advising the Umoja Step Team, a cultural dance group at the suburban high school where I teach. Previously, I outlined my amazement with this group in my piece, “My Classroom is a Dance Floor,”   which highlighted my first months working... Continue Reading →

What choice do I have?

Choosing criminal behavior over a legal right. Driving into work on a snowy December 12, 2017, I heard an Alabama voter interviewed on NPR lament that he felt compelled to vote for Roy Moore. Although he said that his wife had decided to refrain from voting, he an evangelical Christian, said: “What choice do I... Continue Reading →

The Great American Witch Hunt

The story of Mrs. G, a modern witch in sensible shoes. Mrs. G rises from her desk, crosses the room, and forcefully grabs a tissue from the box, part of the bulk pack she purchased with her own funds before that first September paycheck arrived. She hates herself for getting upset. She should be nonplussed.... Continue Reading →

Dear Teachers: It’s October. We are in deep.

Dear Teachers: Summer is a distant memory. It is now October. You have survived the opening day jitters. You have learned many students names. You have planned and executed over five weeks of meticulously crafted lessons. You have established classroom norms. You have read many Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). You have attended meetings and staff... Continue Reading →

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