- 2018…Helping Teachers Have the Best Year Ever - December 31, 2017
- [Episode 56] The Politics of Mathematics - November 25, 2017
- [Episode 52] Teaching Controversial Topics in Elementary School - November 24, 2017
- [Episode 53] Helping Students With Dyslexia in Schools - November 24, 2017
- [Episode 54]Are Teachers Watching the Decline of Education? - November 24, 2017
- [Episode 55] Breaking Through The Shame: Going Through A Divorce - November 24, 2017
- 6-12 Classrooms That Will Rock Your Socks - September 1, 2017
- 29 Elementary Classrooms to DIE FOR - August 29, 2017
- [Episode 49] How the Healthcare Bill Affects You As a Teacher - July 7, 2017
- [Episode 48] Training Teachers to Be Students - July 7, 2017
You open your class list and you see all of the names of the new students in your class this year. As you go down, you notice there are some names you may have trouble with. What’s your first inclination, do you practice the name before the student enters your room? Or do you wait until you meet the student to learn how to say their name? Well, today on season 2, episode 10 of The Educator’s Room Podcast, we are going to discuss, “The Microaggression of Mispronouncing a Student’s Name” .
I was actually inspired to record this podcast from a post in a group for teachers that was lamenting having to work in a school where students did not have “normal” names. The poster even went as far to say that the student’s names made it difficult to establish relationships with her students.
Needless to say, I was angry, disgusted and frightened that people actually think like this. Why? Well, I was the child with the difficult to pronounce name for my entire life. My first name is Franchesca and for years, I had people chop, dice, and skew my name. Teachers did it. Kids did it. People in line at the DMV did it. Everyone did it.
During this episode I will discuss:
- what is a microaggression and how it applies to the repeated mispronunciation of student’s names?
- my struggle as a child to keep my name how it was intended
- what strategies you can use to now how to properly pronounce your student’s name.
To listen to the podcast on iTunes, click here and leave a review!