To My Students On The Final Day of the 2020-2021 School Year: Thank you.
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
3y ago
To My Dearest Students, I began this school year with a letter and I would like to end it with one as well. Well, here we are. The final day of one very long school year. Before I send you ..read more
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The Cracks Are Beginning To Show
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
3y ago
When I signed in tonight, I noticed that I have not written a single blog post since this school year began. And that feels about right. Because I signed in here tonight to write about how exhausted I am. I ..read more
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To My New Students In The Fall Of 2020
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
To My New Students In The Fall Of 2020, Hi. Welcome. I am so very glad that you are here. We have certainly all lived through quite a lot this summer.  So many things have been swirling around us.  A ..read more
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Beyond The Statements: Doing the Work To Create More Anti-Racist School Districts
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
It seems that every time we white folks suddenly wake up to the racism and white supremacy that has been around us for our entire lives, there is one question that gets asked over and over again, “Well what are ..read more
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To White Educators: We Must Remember Our Anger When Anger Feels Less Comfortable
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
I write this post, speaking directly to my fellow white educators. Over the past few days, I have seen many white educators express anger. Anger about racism, anger about the murder of innocent Black humans at the hands of the ..read more
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The Teachers Are Breaking
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
This week, I felt the powerful effects as my administrators made the choice to stand by their teachers. I felt the effects as my administrators heard that we, the teachers, were breaking and chose to reach out and work to ..read more
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The Teachers Are Breaking
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
Yesterday, I sat in a virtual faculty meeting and watched my coworkers, my fellow teachers, cry as we listened to our administration tell us a new mandate for our online teaching that added more on to our quickly-fracturing plates. Yesterday ..read more
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We, humans, we adjust to awful things and sometimes even find small bits of light in them
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
I haven’t been able to write much lately. This moment has felt too consuming for that. But tonight. Tonight there are things weighing heavily on my mind and I needed a space to put them. So I have come here ..read more
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If I Can’t Opt My Kid Out of the Homophobia She Will Experience, You Shouldn’t Be Able to Opt Your Kid Out of Reading Books with LGBTQ Characters
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
4y ago
So there is this thing that we, as educators, have allowed to happen. This thing that we have decided is okay. This idea that we should allow parents to opt their kids out of reading or listening to books with ..read more
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Teaching Personal Narratives as a Way to Explore Identity and Our Lived Experiences
Crawling Out of the Classroom
by jesslif
5y ago
Framing Our Personal Narrative Unit  Every year, we begin our fifth grade writing year by writing personal narratives. For years, I walked my students through this unit without much purpose. Because I did not understand the purpose of writing narratives ..read more
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