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
Veterans Day is right around the corner and there’s no better way to teach about the day than with some interactive reading and comprehension based articles. Continue reading
Let’s face it, grading can be a major buzz-kill. No matter how hard you try to prepare, or manage your time, or stay on top of the mounds of papers you collect, grading can be a huge time-sucker. Continue reading
It is important that we have conversations about race, that we educate students, and that we acknowledge and try to reduce privlege and cultural bias in our classrooms.
Here are a list of resources to help teach white students about racism, originally compiled by NCTE. Continue reading
“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:
In a powerful panel hosted by The Heinemann Fellows, authors Sara Ahmed, Sonja Cherry-Paul andCornelius Minor share their perspectives on racism and how to approach the topic in classrooms.
Here are some of the quotes that resonated with me, personally. To view the transcript in its entirety, click here. Continue reading
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and one of the most effective teaching strategies is to combine the curriculum with real life.
Now you can do just that with these wonderful articles from ReadWorks. Continue reading