Refusing to be Trumped by Whiteness: Reflections

I felt I needed to say to this group of people – I may be white and privileged, but I know this about myself. I didn’t ask for it. Sometimes I wish I could escape it and more fully understand what other people experience. But I benefit from it every day. I know this. And I approached this research from that perspective because it is the only perspective I have ever lived. I have power 24 hours a day every day. I have ICT skills that I developed starting in 1984. I have internet all of the time and have had since 1996. I had an education which ensured I could read and write functionally. I was allowed to speak my first language all of the time, and learn not only content through it, but to read and write in it. I have never experienced true hunger or thirst, or fear for that matter.Read more

A tale of circuits and the canon:

As I look back on my first year of teaching, I have so many regrets. I am sure all first year teachers feel this way, but my regrets are probably shared by even the most veteran teachers. The constant negotiation between expectations placed on teachers vs what it actually means to teach our digital natives, future innovators, makers, hackers and whatever latest educational buzzwords float in the atmosphere. With this being said, I eagerly counted down the days till the…

Helplessness, Addiction, and Transplants

There are many things that can immediately shatter our illusions that we have any control in this life. It’s great to feel in control. To be able to make the house payment every month, to have a good steady job, if you are a teacher, to have all of the students click, and be engaged and productive. Some people craft so that they can feel in control of their environments. Some hack (in the good sense), garden, or raise horses.Read more

On what you say and what they hear

Wouldn’t it be nice if people understood just what you said and what you meant, regardless of the way you said it? If they assumed the best of you, and they knew you were trying to think of others, and that you had everyone’s best interests at heart? In the most ideal world, this would be the case. But in the real world, we have to craft our messages to others carefully, and we have to do our best toRead more

God hates a Coward *updated July 31 2015*

This week Americans were able to cut through the rhetoric and rationalizations to see one very real aspect of being Black in America when a campus cop shot a young man named Samuel Dubose in cold blood. Cincinnati officials didn’t try to whitewash this, make excuses or exonerate the officer. “This was a chicken**** stop.” Yes- it was and it’s caught on tape for a nation to see. Samuel Dubose is reported to be a peace-loving person. He’s no one’s definition of aRead more

Teachable Moment: Cecil the Lion CCSS Lesson

Cecil the Lion – Teachable Moment – CCSS 9th – 10th Grade CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.9 Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.1.B Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly, supplying data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form and in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level and concerns. Resources: Hang the Dentist:  http://www.youngcons.com/peta-wants-the-dentist-who-killed-cecil-the-lion-to-be-hanged/ Hunt was Legal: http://www.cnhinews.com/news/article_f509f158-35e5-11e5-b3fb-1f59985ee66e.html Hunters fight Back: http://news.yahoo.com/hunters-fight-back-cecil-killing-154302748.html Internet OutrageRead more