Integrating Personal Life With The Classroom – Positive Or Negative?

In my past education training, I’ve been cautioned to keep my personal life out of the classroom. This, of course, is understandable, as certain things can get misconstrued and there are even legal issues between what is ‘school-related’ or ‘home-related,’ especially with topics like religion or faith.

But what about hobbies? Interests? Passions?

This ELA Socials & Science teacher, Abbie Williams, talks about how she bridges the gap between her experiences and the classroom experience. Her story is fun and inspiring, but I’m curious what you think.

Should she share so much about her personal life? Is this helping or hindering her students? What argument, if any, is there for keeping teacher lives separate from the education setting? Continue reading

Here’s How You Can Support Dreamers

“This week, October 16-20, is a national week of action focused on higher education—it’s time for students, faculty, and staff to stand up for all our immigrant, Dreamer, and DACAmented students, families, and colleagues. We must raise our voices to keep them safe.”

— Loan Dao (Associate Professor of Asian-American studies, UMass Boston)

If you’ve heard about the DACA, feel compelled to send a postcard, or are passionate about change, click below:

The Truth About Why We Teach ‘Dark’ Books To Young Adults

An article in the Wall Street Journal addresses the relevant, and difficult question regarding ‘darkness’ or negativity in young adult literature.

“Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?”

And this is a question that many teachers face in their classrooms. Why is it that we teach books about death, abuse, addiction, and pain to young kids? Continue reading