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."
Unlearning the hurtful lessons we have internalized about racism will take more than just a half-day training.
I still remember the first time I read a piece of writing that felt like it truly understood me. I was a junior in high school.