My first Monday Musings of each month will include links to all the pieces I wrote during the previous month and my reflections about a few of those pieces.
Currently, I am a writer for two publications, Indy/Ed and The Educator’s Room.
The Educator’s Room is a publication where teachers are empowered as the experts in education.
I am humbled to be part of a two great education publications.
Featured Indy/Ed blog post and my reflection
Mothers play a critical role in a child’s education. This is not to discount the role of fathers, but many households are led by a single parent who is female and if it is a two-parent home, when it comes to school, the mother many times does the heavy lifting.
I was super excited to write about my mom last month. I have interviewed my dad twice for Indy/Ed and I really wanted to either interview my mom this year or write about her. Mother’s Day seemed like the perfect occasion. My parents worked well together as a parental unit. As an adult, I can look back at my childhood and reflect about how they both contributed to who I am today. I appreciate the day to day grind my mom had to manage to keep us all in line and moving in the right direction.
Indy/Ed May blog posts
Featured article for The Educator’s Room and my reflection
White teachers whose knee-jerk reaction is to run to the principal to report teachers of color about situations that don’t need the involvement of administration are a contributing factor to the difficulty of retaining teachers of color. If you are a white teacher who has a concern about what your colleague is doing and your colleague is not breaking the law or putting students in danger, your first course of action should be to have a conversation with your colleague to gain a better understanding of the situation. If that colleague happens to be of color and you are afraid to have a conversation with him or her, then the “problem” you are concerned about is not the problem you need to address.
What I didn’t expect after writing this article was white teachers reaching out to me and thanking me for my transparency. One white teacher told me my article made her reflect on a situation and what she should have done differently. These issues can be tough to talk about or read about, but it is worth it even if one person is reached and changed.
The Educator’s Room May Article
|5/5/2018||Your Gradebook Should Not be a Punishment Tool|
|5/27/2018||The Hidden Struggles of being a Teacher of Color|
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