COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?

I had a disturbing thought yesterday: what if people care more about this than the world we’re leaving for our kids because, unlike global warming, this impacts older decision makers and the economy and the lives of the elderly. I’m glad that we’re having the response that we’re having – this is, indeed, an emergency.Continue reading “COVID-19 and kids… What if we cared this much about the environment?”

W.E.B. du Bois and Booker T. Washington

I am reading The Souls of Black Folk, which was published in 1903 by W.E.B. du Bois. I am learning a lot, and I am also remembering how he came across for me when I was a student learning about him when I was in fifth grade. I will share that with you now, thoughContinue reading “W.E.B. du Bois and Booker T. Washington”

A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck

This book was written for business by a local author and it was at my favorite local bookstore (Three Trees Books in Seahurst, WA) and it really helped me navigate difficult conversations around race, ethnicity and organizational change in 2019 (the book itself was published in 2018). A lot of the challenge for me overContinue reading “A Best Read of 2019: “Ethnographic Thinking: From Method to Mindset,” by Jay Hasbrouck”

In Defense of Mothers

The mother cult in Western culture. The thing is that this “cult” is damaging to so many women and it places a great burden on all of society. Not only are mothers put down as responsible for everything that their children do or say, and thereby a huge burden is being placed on mothers andContinue reading “In Defense of Mothers”

Education versus Schooling: Two Sides of the Same Coin – but not the same thing!

I love helping students who do not traditionally fit in in their educational environments. Why? You guessed it! Because I don’t fit in as a student and I believe that that makes me uniquely qualified to help people like me survive school in a way that keeps their callings and self-esteem intact. So that theirContinue reading “Education versus Schooling: Two Sides of the Same Coin – but not the same thing!”

The Unpredictability of Trauma-Informed Classroom Teaching

  The structure and worldview of the classroom always takes time to establish, but when there is an environment that is constantly in flux, we cannot forget that there are multiple classroom cultures and also individual student cultures to consider and, therefore, multiple pools of meaning coming into contact. These pools may be at oddsContinue reading “The Unpredictability of Trauma-Informed Classroom Teaching”

Irlen Syndrome?: The Politics of Helping a Special Needs Student

I was a guest teacher in a special needs resource room recently. One of the students was a sweet boy who came in and sat with me as we tried to transfer the information that there on his paperwork (there were four dots on the page) into the numeral four – “4” – underneath theContinue reading “Irlen Syndrome?: The Politics of Helping a Special Needs Student”

Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher

Fire by Night -John Beecher This is one of my favorite poems, and I first read it a little more than a year ago now at a poetry conference on Vashon Island in Washington State. There is a lot that my literary training taught me that I could bring to bear on this short poem,Continue reading “Teaching Race? Consider the Poetry of John Beecher”

Stubborn Learners or Tomorrow’s Leaders?

How many times have we seen students with their heads on the desk and their phones in their laps, pretending to be sleeping? Well, I couldn’t have done that when I was a child! But that’s only because we didn’t have phones to put in our laps at that time. I did, however, have aContinue reading “Stubborn Learners or Tomorrow’s Leaders?”

Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.”

Part 1: The Problem The hardest thing I am finding is the pain of being misunderstood when people have not studied race and gender as much as advocates have. I remember when people would say something I did or said was racist or heterosexist and I positively knew that it wasn’t my intention and IContinue reading “Equity Training: “It was like being told I was naked and not being offered clothes.””