We may be an English class, but it's clear to me we need some history, too.
We have two jobs: create a space of safety, validation, and love for our students, and to teach them how to critically question power, advocate for themselves, and resist oppression.
I will simply hold up the mirror and tell them the power to rise up is already inside.
Here are some New Year's resolutions I'm making to be a better leader in our class.
Here are the top six posts from 2016 on "The Intersection"—and what that means for the year ahead.
When we share the problem with students, we must also take time to honor and draw inspiration and lessons from those who have done this work before us.
Discussing our history and community context is essential to create engaged and informed citizens.
We are all struggling with race. We are all operating in a racist society. Unless we talk about it, we can't fix it.
How much do I push back on this student, knowing my own opinion and biases will come into play?
Teaching is inherently political. We ask our students to think critically, to question existing systems, to imagine what might be better.