Building Trust and Teaching During a Global Pandemic

Building Trust and Teaching During a Global Pandemic

I have been fortunate enough to enjoy two careers. They are much more alike than they are different, so I guess you could say I have had one calling – teaching – and two distinctly different audiences. Some people are surprised when I tell them that teaching “The...
What Christmas Means to 9-Year-Old from Guatemala

What Christmas Means to 9-Year-Old from Guatemala

A meaningful moment happened at lunch recently. They often do in elementary school cafeterias. We elementary school teachers eat lunch with our students. As we sit and eat our meat and three vegetables with them, we become listeners instead of talkers, we become...
Is It Naïve to Believe Racial Justice in US is Improving?

Is It Naïve to Believe Racial Justice in US is Improving?

I owe a student an apology. I teach English at a public high school, and I was visiting in Ms. Morgan’s class as they engaged in a Socratic seminar and discussed justice. More specifically, they were talking about John Steinbeck’s book, “Of Mice and Men.” Here is a...