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”

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.””

First Impressions of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” by Zaretta Hammond

I am really grateful to have discovered this book several years ago, but I must confess that I did not read it until this weekend, and I am only half way done. I started reading it because a conservative relative of mine was going to be studying it and I thought – why not readContinue reading “First Impressions of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” by Zaretta Hammond”

The “Difficult” Student: Unconditional Positive Regard

When a student is causing trouble it is very important to focus on the good that they do and to keep a log of it and to actively praise them if you are holding them accountable and the situation has gotten so bad that you must record the bad (i.e. if they are routinely posingContinue reading “The “Difficult” Student: Unconditional Positive Regard”

Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher

Our pain teaches us. In the case of mental or physical illness, once a person is stabilized with medication and a therapeutic relationship, a patient can learn to rearrange their mental furniture in a way that greatly alleviates their suffering and their relationship to their suffering. If we are not allowed to feel our pain,Continue reading “Restorative Justice: Pain is Our Teacher”

6 Months No Facebook?!? A Love Story

Six months ago I got off Facebook. Good riddance! “Great job, Erin!” said a friend. “Facebook is horrible for our mental health.” Little did I know HOW greatly my world view would shift. You see, with Facebook I had judged a person’s whole being based on the articles they posted or their stance on aContinue reading “6 Months No Facebook?!? A Love Story”

Teaching in the Garden

I stumbled across the following metaphor for teaching as gardening as I read and it can serve as a signpost for those working with students in crisis or with special needs: “In agriculture the equation of invested input against gross yield is all: it does not matter if individual plants fail to thrive or dieContinue reading “Teaching in the Garden”