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When you watch movies about high school, everyone falls into a group or has a label.  Me, I was the blerd (black nerd) and the loner. I had a few friends and that was by choice, and most often I preferred to keep to myself and be alone.  I maintained this behavior throughout college and [...]

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In this heightened political atmosphere, our society seems to be replete with instances where white people are being caught on social media being or acting in an overtly racist manner. It seems our Facebook or Twitter feeds will have on a daily basis some video of a white person treating an African-American, Hispanic, or member [...]

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There is a picture of five-year-old Cardi B, with her hand on her hip that has been turned into what I will call, “my momma said” memes.  I have to admit I found them funny until I came across one that said: Teacher: “There are no hall passes so you can’t go to the bathroom.” [...]

The post This teacher says, “Your momma needs to talk to me not through you.” appeared first on The Educators Room.

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Summer is here! Everyone breathes a sigh of relief because now the weather is going to be nice at least most of the time, and there are fun things to do like camping, swimming, and hiking. As a teacher, I am excited about summer for a different reason. It’s time to revise my lesson plans [...]

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At sixteen, I decided that I wanted to become a high school teacher, and one of my main reasons to pursue this endeavor was because I believed teaching is a mother-friendly career.  I’d be at work while the kids were in school; I’d be able to make their early evening activities’ events; I’d be at [...]

The post Fighting for Parental Leave as a Teacher appeared first on The Educators Room.

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Affirmative Action: Remedy or Racist? Recent actions by the Trump Administration and the pending resignation of Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court have brought into question the status of affirmative action, the set of federal policies instituted by John F. Kennedy to counteract centuries of discrimination against specific minorities in American society. Affirmative action was [...]

The post Affirmative Action at the Crossroads: Which Direction will the Supreme Court Go? appeared first on The Educators Room.

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I tell myself that I love teaching, in theory,  I get summers "off"!  But I realized recently that I have not taken a summer off in over 12 years!  Some may ask why have I consistently worked during the summer?  To be honest, the money is pretty good, since it's my hourly wage without being [...]

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It's summer vacation which means that most of the Secondary ELA groups I am in on social media are full of teachers asking for recommendations for books to add to their curricula. I am a big believer in the power of books to change hearts and minds, so my suggestions lean toward YA literature that [...]

The post Teaching Immigration Empathy: Why Refugee by Alan Gratz Should Be Added To Your Curriculum appeared first on The Educators Room.

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As a school counselor, have you thought about approaching controversial topics with your students? Are you nervous? Do you wonder how to address the naysayers? In light of recent events, I have talked to some school counselors who feel nervous or scared to infuse social justice topics throughout their counseling programs. For example, a counselor [...]

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Guest Writer: Stephanie Machado @givethatgirlasnack Stephanie Machado is an educator and blogger from Central Florida who has a passion for writing and sharing her thoughts with others. She launched the transformational blog and Instagram campaign @givethatgirlasnack where she shares “snack-size” bits of information filled with teaching tips and educational strategies that parents and teachers alike [...]

The post What They Didn’t Teach You in College- How to Have Tough Talks in the Classroom appeared first on The Educators Room.

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