Monthly Archives: October 31, 2016

Takin’ On the Hard Topics

Takin’ On the Hard Topics

Recently, I wrote a response to the Larry Ferlazzo’s Classroom Q & A blog question: What are good strategies teachers can use when exploring “controversial” topics? Since my courses are infused with what folks consider to be controversial topics, this was somewhat of an easy write up for me. My work focuses on discussing equity &… Read more

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teaching at Headwaters is quite the change of pace & style for me. The main differences are the creative autonomy I have and the student academic freedoms they enjoy.  I wrote more about that here. What are the main differences?  1. Debriefing class/lessons. 2. Offering students the opportunity to reassess and try again at demonstrating their… Read more

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

I’ve taught 9th grade for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that they are young, ready, wiling, and needing of a space to be themselves. Since I began working with a predominantly white student body, I have tweaked my approach to teaching from an anti-bias/anti-racist lens to meet the needs of the learners… Read more