Race and Racisim in the Classroom: 3 Ways to Start a Difficult Conversation

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, writing and talking about how to discuss race and racism in a classroom setting. As an elementary school teacher, one of the first challenges I have to overcome is convincing people that we should even try to do this. Understandably, a lot of people worry about “exposing” [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|10 Ways to Fix Education, Uncategorized|2 Comments

A Teacher Requests Her Students Not To Be Tested

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children in many different capacities for 25 years.  It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents have trusted my professionalism, training, care, creativity, and judgment when it comes to their children. My experiences include both regular/general education, and [...]

Who Will Care for the Teachers?

When I sat down to write this piece, my purpose was to scribe a thinly veiled, autobiographical accounting of my own experience of surviving the middle school classroom while I struggled with depression. However, wanting to avoid the cathartic-memoir trope, I planned to include information on the prevalence of depressive disorders among classroom teachers .I [...]

Race and the Four Children of the Passover Haggadah

Each Passover, Jews around the world celebrate and reflect on the holiday’s meaning through a festive meal called a seder, which literally means order. Although the focus of the evening is meant to be the retelling of the Hebrew slaves exodus out of Egypt, there are a lot of additional discussions. One part of the [...]

By | April 21st, 2016|Elementary Classrooms, social justice, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Imposter Syndrome Among High School Students

For the sake of this article, we will call him Jarvis. Jarvis is a current junior at a math/science magnet high school in Georgia where he has the second highest GPA in the entire building. Not his grade. The building. Out of 2,275 students there is only person who has a higher GPA than he [...]