20 10 / 2014
"We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph."
16 10 / 2014
I’m fucking pissed.
They were people in a psychology program, we were taking a class together. One girl berated my teaching practices and another said “Oh, it’s so true… those who can’t do.. teach.”
Neither of them had ever attended public schools inside of the United States let alone public schools in general.
Neither of them have remotely thought about teaching as a profession and I am personally offended.
When did it become common practice for people to hate, berate, and belittle teachers so openly? I’m used to the little pay, no media respect, no government respect.
I’m not used to being told I’m blatantly wrong in everything I do despite my years of education and experience.
I’m having a bad day. I’m hoping that tomorrow is a good teaching day. I need it.
14 10 / 2014
"Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor."
14 10 / 2014
We read an old story that does emphasize this underlying feeling and we need a new story, honestly.
But I took a moment to simply ask, “Why do we keep saying things like it’s a bad thing or wrong to be a girl? Why is that a bad thing?”
No one had any response.
And they say we don’t need feminism. I couldn’t even begin to describe how badly we need to teach feminism. It kills me to not go on a 20 minute rant every time I see or hear students doing things like this.
11 10 / 2014
"May I write words more naked than flesh,
stronger than bone, more resilient than
sinew, sensitive than nerve."
07 10 / 2014
I feel all:
01 10 / 2014
I’ve never thought that students in my district were particularly privileged. I’ve never really encountered serious racism within my classroom or building.
Today my students were creating unreliable narrators. I gave them a great worksheet to help them flush out their narrators as round characters for a story they would write. They were into it. I was loving their ideas.
Then one group came up with one of the most blatantly racist characters I could possibly imagine. They were so excited to share their character with me because it was “unique” and “different.”
I was appalled and had to spend time go over why it was racist and inappropriate and now I just want to spend like 3 weeks opening my students eyes from their sheltered, xenophobic worlds. They need a rude wake-up call. I think I’m going to search for 9th-grade appropriate multicultural or oppression-related short stories to include in this unit that might open up their eyes a bit until we get to our oppression/dehumanization unit.
And this is why we need to protest things like the Denver school system shutting down history lessons. This is why we need education reform. My 9th grade students are so oblivious to their racism, their biases, their toxicity.
If you have any good stories in mind, send them to my inbox! Please and thank you!
30 9 / 2014
Today has been such an incredibly frustrating day all around. We had to set our student achievement goals and work on data collection. I feel as though I got nowhere and that I am more confused now than at the beginning of the day.
So I came home and I’m trying to pack but there’s too much stuff and not enough room and too few boxes.
And my renter’s insurance is a mess. Trying to figure it out is such a hassle because the lady leaves by 3:30 most days.