Talking About Race

A week or so ago, a fellow blogger talked about her classroom discussion with students on the topic of race. Interestingly, she started her reflection by talking through her feelings… of how she felt as a race-talk facilitator. She said… “It is somewhat terrifying. Terrifying because I, a white American woman, often worry that I am … More Talking About Race

Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Recently, a former student called me to vent about the rules of married life and how these rules don’t match the vision that she has for herself as a change agent.  As she talked about drowning in externally imposed expectations about being a married woman (sounding like a feminist just as much as sounding like … More Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle and the Community

A few years ago, when having breakfast with a former instructor (now friend), I told her with excitement that I had stumbled across the concept of critical pedagogy.  After 20 years of unknowingly serving as a critical pedagogue, I was super elated to learn there were other educators out there with a similar passion and … More Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle and the Community

For the Love of Data

Earlier this summer, Diane Ravitch highlighted in a blog post several points made by Susan Ochshorn in her writing of Big Data and Little Kids.  In short, an argument was made that a push for data based achievement creates casualties among students. While I have an affinity towards all children, my work as an educator … More For the Love of Data

Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Part II of the series:  The Need for a Deeper Dive Over the past few months, I have tweeted under the #biggerfish2fry umbrella arguing that I don’t want to pick sides in the polarized reform/anti-reform debate. I feel that each side has a compelling argument and each side has room for growth.  But being challenged … More Reformers and Anti-Reformers: An Underwater Perspective

Black Lives Matter: A Charge to Make Learning Culturally Relevant

Years ago, I was sitting in the computer lab with my best friend and she asked, “Why do you make all of your papers about black people or black issues?” As a college student, newly smitten with the learning process (because high school was a totally different experience for me), I zeroed in on her … More Black Lives Matter: A Charge to Make Learning Culturally Relevant