Disconnected Teaching: A Call for Authenticity and Empathy

By Vivett Dukes & Whitney Hollins

SafeSpaceConvos is a Twitter chat led and hosted by teacher Vivett Dukes on alternating Mondays at 8:30pm ET. By providing a forum for honest dialogue and connection, we come together to learn, grow, and co-construct solutions to pressing problems for students.

This particular #SafeSpaceConvos chat engaged participants in a discussion about the disconnect many students feel in their classrooms and how educators can bridge that gap through authenticity and empathy. Joining Vivett as co-host was Whitney Hollins, an elementary school special education teacher, research assistant at We Got Us Now, and advocate for children who have a parent involved in the justice system. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Urban Education program at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Chat Highlights

Q1: What contributes to disconnection between teachers and students? What has changed in our society that may be factors?


Q2: What is the role of authenticity in teaching? What does it look like in the classroom?


Q3: How can we separate our personal beliefs from our teaching practice? When should we do so?


Q4: Considering today’s dropout and suicide rates, how does acceptance and empathy in the classroom impact these occurrences? How can we encourage more acceptance and empathy?


Be bold. Be authentic. Join #SafeSpaceConvos.

You’re invited to join the next chat on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 8:30pm ET. You can also read through these archived chats for insights and resources from your peers.