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My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK

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The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago. I was driving down Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him my license and my ID, just like Lanre Akinsiku. The ID, which ensures that I can spend the rest of my life in a lush state park with fat fearless squirrels, surrounded by enlightened
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In this day and age: My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK by Kiese Laymon. Useful for units on The Civil Rights Movement or for discussions about diversity. Especially useful for teaching in New York State. 

 

 

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Why Teachers of Color Quit

Why Teachers of Color Quit | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Before this article, I had read one or two articles from teachers who left the Teachers of America program. I wrote of the issues of the authors as an issue of inadequate teacher preparation. This article "Why Teachers of Color Quit" offers another issue professional issue. This is the only article on the subject I have read recently so this may be more of a statistical artifact (unusual situation). I don't want to jump to conclusions. Anecdotal.

 

This quote is important to note: "many teachers seemed indifferent to discussing these issues at all. When Teach for America organized diversity sessions, many teachers in the corps would skip the sessions or come back telling me, “I am so sick of being forced to talk about this.” 

 

I have heard similar comments from fellow studenst in a course on Multiculturalism as part of a teacher prep program. It happened some years ago and the comments were addressed, but it was easy to see that the sentiments did not change from that one discussion. I wonder if other teachers have heard the same or similar. I did not find any problems like this in my teaching positions though. I was lucky enough to teach with supportive teachers and administrators. However, I am surprised teachers in urban areas should encounter these and other difficulties. But this is one story and maybe it is an isolated incident.

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33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago.

The number of children living with two married parents has steadily decreased since the '80s. A 2012 Pew study found that 2 million dads stay at home with their kids -- a ...
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Before a teacher speaks about "the average family" or some other fiction, take a look through these pictures. maybe, these pics should be looked at each day before heading to work in the morning. Sometimes, we come from homogeneous neighborhoods of one kind or another and forget the world is different outside of these neighborhoods.  

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How to Trust Your Students

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When teachers trust their students, their pedagogy changes.

Progressive Instruction: Teachers are more willing to engage in constructivist practices, according to the dissertation research of Virginia Louise Durnford, because progressive practices require instructors to trust that "children are capable of creating their own knowledge" (Rainer, Guyton, & Bowen, 2000, p.10).Increased Differentiation: Classroom professionals are more likely to reshape old methods of instruction and try alternative strategies. They empower students who want to follow individual paths to content mastery.Democratization: They share more control of the class with students (Goddard, Tschannen-Moran, & Hoy, 2001).Improved Practice: Teachers seek out professional development (Tschannen-Moran, 2004) and grow their abilities.
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