My Experiences with Race, Racial Bias, and Racial Disparities in the Classroom

I was so proud of myself. Before graduation from New Jersey City University in 2011, I'd landed a teaching job. I was scared I wouldn't be able to find a job afterwards. A lot of my friends, who majored in subjects other than education, decided to stay in college to pursue their Master's Degree in … Continue reading My Experiences with Race, Racial Bias, and Racial Disparities in the Classroom

Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as a Template for False Reality Narratives

I haven't quieted my reservations about Lucy Calkins' Units of Study, but one of the units I really enjoy is the dystopian unit (this, despite its lack of authors of color or diverse backgrounds, as per usual for TC). As mentioned in a previous post, I've dropped "Harrison Bergeron" as a read aloud and substituted … Continue reading Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” as a Template for False Reality Narratives

Student-Choice Assessments

In the past, I’ve used Independent Reading Checkpoints to assess students’ independent reading. However, after several conversations, and my own experience with the assessment, I’ve decided to discontinue its use. I’ve left the artifacts of the Independent Reading Checkpoint on the bottom of this page for your use. In my experience, teacher-prescribed text assessments do … Continue reading Student-Choice Assessments

Workshopping the Controversy about Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s Decision to Cease Printing of Select Books

There was big news in yesterday's Read Across America Day. AP reported that six of Dr. Seuss's books will no longer be printed due to racist imagery. This is a choice that Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the business that "preserves and protects the author's legacy" (AP) made. I went to Twitter and looked for responses, and … Continue reading Workshopping the Controversy about Dr. Seuss Enterprise’s Decision to Cease Printing of Select Books