The Daily Grind, In Life in Classrooms – Reflection on P. Jackson’s Article

On page 6 The daily grind, in Life in Classrooms, author P. Jackson discussed the fuss elementary teachers make about classroom decorations and bulletin boards. I want to concentrate on the subtle gender stereotypes at play here. I had a chance to substitute in classrooms at every grade level for teachers of either gender. I … Continue reading The Daily Grind, In Life in Classrooms – Reflection on P. Jackson’s Article

Rural Schooling in Mobile Modernity: Returning to the Places I’ve Been – Review of Michael Corbett’s Article

As a teacher who has taught exclusively in rural locations, I found Michael Corbett’s journal article published in the Journal of Research in Rural Education deeply relatable. A person does not have to be a social scientist or doctoral level academic to observe how rural and urban residents are divided into social, economic, cultural and … Continue reading Rural Schooling in Mobile Modernity: Returning to the Places I’ve Been – Review of Michael Corbett’s Article

Journey Towards Wisdom: Narrative Shards That Have Impacted My Life

I am autistic. You may also use neurodivergent or neurodiverse. I will not accept 'person with autism' or 'Aspergian' as descriptors. The latter is unacceptable because of the man—a Nazi collaborator who selected the children he deemed physiologically acceptable to protect within his study while the others were sent to die. In regards to the … Continue reading Journey Towards Wisdom: Narrative Shards That Have Impacted My Life

No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein – A Review

In No Logo (2000) Naomi Klein confronted the issue of multinational corporations undermining democracy. She followed-up this book with The Shock Doctrine (2008), a groundbreaking book about how major social shocks are used to push through neoliberal economic agendas. As the world reeled in the wake of Donald Trump’s 2016 election, Naomi Klein dived back … Continue reading No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein – A Review

Trauma-Informed Teaching – Trauma Inducing Classrooms

Not having effective strategies to cope with the trauma I encountered in my classrooms has impacted my teaching career more than any other issue I have faced. In 2005 Rice and Groves defined trauma as "...an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope."   "Trauma is real."   … Continue reading Trauma-Informed Teaching – Trauma Inducing Classrooms

Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being

Recently I began to listen to Angela Watson's podcast, Truth for Teachers. Each episode I listened to had valuable information and advice, but Episode 114: Seven Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome was the one that made the most significant connections to my own experiences.  Many people have experienced moments where they felt like a fraud. I … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – As a Teacher – As a Human Being

To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”

Mariatu Kamara was a young girl living in one of the poorest countries of the world when war broke out. Although she lost her hands to the violence in Sierra Leone, the cultural lessons she learned early in life helped give her the resilience to carry on with life when many people would have given … Continue reading To Eat from a Stranger’s Hands – “The Bite of the Mango”

Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature

I wrote this review as a sample for my students. I liked it so much, I decided to share it with all of you. The question of who should be telling certain stories is being discussed throughout the creative world. One might understand how people who've always had unencumbered freedom to pursue telling any story … Continue reading Trail of Lightning: The Importance of Indigenous Representation in Literature