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I am a White Social Studies Teacher, and I am a Coward

For three consecutive Black History Months, I have picked up and then quickly put down the Black Lives Matter at Schools resources.  Why? Because I was scared.  I was worried that my white colleagues might think of me as radical. I was concerned that white students would grow uncomfortable and declare "that all lives mattered." I fretted over the [...]

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White Privilege and the Power of Revision in Education

My first honest conversation about white privilege came much too late in life.  I was a 40-something doctoral candidate taking a class on multicultural education with a dozen other white women.  Thankfully, the course was taught by the same (white) professor whose mantra became my own:  The more I learn, the less I know.  This [...]

Teaching from Home Part 2: Using Google Classroom to Stay Semi Connected

Less control brings a demand for the extra effort. In Chapter 1 of Teaching from Home imaginary book, I start by saying: Being away from the students has made the job more difficult. Teaching from home pushes challenges that normally exist in the spotlight. How do I reach the hardest to reach students? How do [...]

Teach Hard History. We All Need It

I am a social studies educator.  Emblazoned on the wall of my classroom is a sign proclaiming “I Teach Hard History.”  Earlier this year my students looked at vivid, graphic, and unfiltered views of the Middle Passage that brought enslaved Africans to the New World.  I’ve challenged students to think about whether or not the [...]

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