As the quarter winds down for many of us, it is easy to get weary. I know I've been personally struggling with burn out this year, and this is a prime time for teachers to start feeling the wear and tear of DEVOLSON (aka "the disillusionment phase"). The day-to-day of the job begins to slowly grind away at us, and it's easy to begin wondering how much longer we can stay invested in work that is, at times, emotionally taxing. There are a few things I'm trying to do this year to avoid burn-out-- self-reflect, take time for myself, etc. ...

Guest post by Helena Huffman I am a Female. I was born with 2 X chromosomes. I am 110 pounds of pure ambition and 5 pounds of sugar, spice and everything nice. I no longer allow society and their standards to control my appearance in exchange for killing my drive in life. When I think "female," I think of women who have changed the world with their intelligence and grace. Women who showed their strength and were not afraid of their kind hearts. I remember the first time I became a female. It wasn't the moment I put on a ...

To be a woman in "Trump's America," is actually realizing that a culture that has commodified your body now has a megaphone headed towards the throne.

You can never view yourself completely unbiased, and you can never view your culture or way of life completely unbiased. If you learn about other cultures, you might learn about the flaws in yours and try to help yourself and others around you and improve in a people as a whole.

Ethnicity has become a big controversy nowadays. Should ethnic studies be introduced in schools? Would this be beneficial for the students in the future?

It'd be foolish to not educate high schoolers on things relevant to who they are, or the history and culture of the place they live

Learning about other cultures gives students the capability to be more empathetic and understanding to the diverse world they inhabit.

I wonder if my students truly understand the emotional and traumatic impact these events can have on a community

This week, I recommend a Harper's Magazine piece about Detroit schools that showcases how adult struggles can affect the lives of students.

If we are still "teachers" after we leave school, are we willing to stand with the communities we serve even when their problems leave the school as well?

The opinions expressed in The Intersection: Culture and Race in Schools are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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