Serena Williams's reaction and its consequences is an unfortunate reflection of our school systems. Real life is hard. It's maddening. It's even harder and maddening when you're a young person of color growing up in a system built to watch you fail.
Kids have a natural and innate sense of justice. They will show us where to go with these conversations.
I don't think it gets "easier," but as I gain more skills and grow more with my students, I think the capacity for joy grows exponentially the longer I am around my kids.
It's easy to look at "difficult" populations as "those kids"-- but, more importantly, "those kids" are OUR kids, and they are KIDS. They deserve an amazing education designed with understanding who they are.
'Nanette' powerfully weaves humor, art history (!), comedy theory, gender, sexuality, and the power of storytelling together. How do we use it in the classroom?
As infuriating as the current U.S. news is, there's not much I can do as a teacher right now. The one thing I can do is prepare to hit the ground running next year.
Schools are our students: living, breathing, growing, hurting and hoping all at once
What happens when we as teachers are triggered by the texts we are teeaching? What happens when the stories feel too hard to teach?
I think things are getting better. Not easier, but better. Still, we can't shy away from conversations that we know may be a little messy.
We live in a world where, sometimes, it feels like educational buzzwords and the newest fads overtake our concept of "good education."