Monthly Archives: August 2016

We can teach empathy through classroom critical thinking

The barely suppressed rage and dysfunction that seems to pulse like a distended vein right beneath the surfaces of our cities and communities seems more and more to express itself through the barrel of a gun or horrid verbal and physical attacks.  Given what is going on around us daily, I have no idea how I would seek to reassure… Read more →

How I learned to be a better teacher from my immigrant students

I was born in Colombia, so I thought was uniquely positioned to understand what my 8th grade students were going through, given that many of them were not born in the United States. I could not have been more wrong. With immigration as a hot button issue in the upcoming election, we need to address the challenges immigrant students face… Read more →

It shouldn’t take a graduate degree and a lawyer to get your child special education support

Back to school time is approaching, and with that comes all the “to-do’s” and “suggestions for parents” that make huge assumptions about parents, about kids, and most importantly, about the causes, symptoms, treatments, and solutions for children who are “misbehaving.” The biggest mistaken assumption is that if a child is misbehaving, especially if that child is black or brown, that… Read more →

My son and I are both grappling with kindergarten anxiety

My son and I recently attended a park play date for incoming kindergarteners. He didn’t want to be there. He wanted to stay at preschool summer camp, play forever and not waste time meeting the scary new teachers and new friends. Of course, our jobs as parents is to encourage and be positive, which I did. But over the course… Read more →

Walking in two worlds: How I learned to humble myself and become an effective reservation teacher

As a brand new teacher, I thought I had the tools I needed to teach any students, any place I found a job. But it only took a month for me in my first licensed teaching position at Two Eagle River School, a tribal alternative school on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, to learn that I was woefully underprepared to… Read more →

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