The New Bootstraps: Are we blaming kids for their own hardship?

The first time I heard someone talk about "grit" and growth mindset in education, it was at the STEM Think Tank and Conference, a 3-day conference about the unique challenges and opportunities in teaching girls about science and technology. The speaker was an administrator and researcher at a prestigious, private, K-12 girls' school in suburban … Continue reading The New Bootstraps: Are we blaming kids for their own hardship?

10 Racist Things Teachers Do and 10 Liberating Things to do Instead

I have done racist things while teaching. It sucks to admit that (and it sucks worse that I was racist), but I have to be clear and honest about that for two reasons. One, if I am going to be part of this liberation movement, then I have to be reflective and honest about whether … Continue reading 10 Racist Things Teachers Do and 10 Liberating Things to do Instead

Talkin’ Politics with Preschoolers: Childcare in Activist Spaces

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Childcare as a Revolutionary Act, which discussed the reasons why providing childcare for leftist movement is so important, and some general tips for childcare providers. But it still left some big questions unanswered: How do you discuss political activism with pre-schoolers? How can you plan activities when you don't … Continue reading Talkin’ Politics with Preschoolers: Childcare in Activist Spaces

Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

This week, #45 rolled back federal protections that allowed transgender students to use school facilities in accordance with their gender identity. Now, 45 had said during his campaign that he was not interested in repealing Obama's executive order on this issue, but it appears that he was quite easily swayed by his cabinet. And even … Continue reading Beyond Bathrooms: Supporting Transgender Students in Your School

This Is “Only a Test”

On Wednesday, I will take a high-stakes, state-mandated, standardized test for the first time in nearly fifteen years. The state of TN requires that every pre-service teacher take multiple Praxis exams before we can get certified, and so I've been preparing myself for this week's Teaching Reading test. It will be the first of two, … Continue reading This Is “Only a Test”