Education

Black History Month: Beyond the Biography

We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society. —Angela Davis As I’ve visited classrooms this month, teachers have pulled me aside, proudly showcasing their attempts to “celebrate” Black History month. What I have seen is the following: Read-alouds about famous African-Americans Black History research projects Pictures of famous African-Americans on bulletin boards…

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Get Real. Get Authentic.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and…

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Teachable Moment: Acceptance

There has been a lot of money spent in our schools  on programs that are supposed to help us help our kids develop character. What I believe is that we have to demonstrate those traits in which we feel will best serve our children and our world. We have to believe that our kids have…

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Whatchu talkin’ ’bout, teacher?

Teachers, stop talking! I mean not really. Not entirely. But, seriously, stop talking so much! I am in lots of classes, and in most of them, I am in there no more than about 30 minutes, and I get bored. Like really bored. Like brain-numbing bored. So, what about your kids? Have you stopped long…

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Invisibility in Our Schools

Invisibleness. It doesn’t start with manhood or even adulthood. It starts in childhood. When our black and brown babies cross the thresholds of our schools. Yes, they’re there: flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and they might be said to possess a mind, but because people refuse to see them and I mean really see…

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Intentional Teaching Chart

What is it? A reflective tool used to analyze your teaching praxis and to use to guide collegial conversations about school-wide or grade level practices.The guiding question of this tool is “To what degree are the structures and practices implemented in my classroom matching my intentions in using them?” How is it done? In column 1,…

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Core Values

­Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. — Proverbs 22:6 Recently, upon reading the entirety of Proverbs 22, I began to reflect upon the family in which I was raised. At the center of my reflection were these questions: What did…

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