Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words

Used with permission from Susan DuFresne Let Them Eat Cake: How Teachers Can Resist Banned Words Words never uttered can be extremely significant. Often the perception of words said (or unsaid) carry more importance than truth. In October of 1789, Marie Antoinette did not look down at the swarming hordes of fishmonger women storming the Palace on Versailles and... Continue Reading →

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My classroom is a dance floor: A lesson on student leadership, dedication, and taking chances.

Before the first meeting of the UMOJA-Step Team began, the team captain arrived at my classroom early and immediately pushed back all of my desks and chairs. I grew nervous. What the heck did I agree to do? Last spring a student asked me to consider advising the UMOJA-Step Team at the high school where... Continue Reading →

Tonight I Saw America.

“How do you pronounce this name?” Colleagues huddle over white sheets, names neatly typed, organized in order of appearance. We, the teachers, wearing our “better” clothes, with makeup freshly applied, smile. We are happy tonight as we celebrate both the foreign and the familiar names. These names belong to students who have excelled in subjects like... Continue Reading →

Finish this: “Public Education is…”

“Public Education is DEMOCRACY!” That is how I finished the prompt on the March for Public Education's Facebook Group query. (Please join this group of over 13,000 people by clicking the underlined link.) Yes, all caps are needed. Yes, it warrants an exclamation point. Yes, public education is not just a part of the American... Continue Reading →

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