Growth Mindset and Bootstraps

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

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”