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Mrs. Amanda Beckett started an autobiography project in her third, fourth and fifth grade ESL classes that gave students the opportunity to write about something significant that happened in their...
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The challenge that affects me the most is the idea that educators are teaching our 21st learners as they were taught. By doing this, there is a huge disservice being paid. Our students are our future and should be taught as such. Our days should not be filled with reading from a textbook or completing worksheets quietly. Where is the FIRE? Where is the PASSION. Educators teach/live in fear of the administration. Administrators work/live in fear of the Superintendent. The Superintendent works/live in fear of the school board....and the chain moves on. But, I can't help but ask, when are we going to fear NOT doing what is best for our kids
2 months ago
Often, when we talk about engaging in tough conversations with students--specifically regarding issues around equity, diversity, and social justice--a common refrain I hear from teachers is that it can be difficult to "find the time." While I understand the demands that pre-determined curricula have on our time with students, I believe whole-heartedly that we find time for what we value most. If we truly value engaging in these difficult conversations and deeply exploring issues like these with our students, we would be able to find the time to embed them within our classroom, no matter what subject we teach. So how might we do this? In what ways can we "find the time" to have these incredibly valuable--and I would argue, absolutely necessary--conversations with students?
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