You Don’t Have To Lie (Hire More Black Teachers, Maybe) – Education Article

On Friday, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NYC with student activists Xoya David and Joshua Brown and writer-friend-luminary Nikole Hannah-Jones. When I got the invite from Brian Jones, I was in the midst of finishing one of my more triumphant performances in service of the profession. I was also shaking off the uncertainties of having a teacher improvement plan the prior school year. I’m holding the…

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Take All The Space You Need (For Now) – Education Article

It was a humid summer afternoon. I ventured with my son to a few stores along East 86th Street, enjoying parts of the city we don’t normally venture. I wore a black and orange Free Minds Free People shirt, my young one a white t-shirt and shorts. The sidewalks felt like people were walking shoulder to shoulder, two steps slower than their normal pace. As we made our way up 3rd Avenue to Harlem, an elder white woman in a…

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25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects – Education Article

Are you ready to use audio in Google Slides? One of the most common questions that I get is how to insert audio in Google Slides, a feature that many have missed after leaving PowerPoint. There are workarounds, but those never really satisfied our needs in the classroom. But the wait is over, my friends! Rolling out in April 2019 is the ability to insert audio into your Google Slides presentations and projects! Hooray!!! This gives us even more reasons…

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I Put In Work And It’s All For The Kids [An NCTE Reflection] – Education Article

Just before I got home, I turn on DMX’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” because it matches the BPM I need to make it through the length of JFK International Airport corridors. As I get off the umpteenth moving sidewalk, DMX rapped: “I’ve been doing this for 19 years.Cats wanna fight me? Fight these tears.I put in work, and it’s all for the kids,But these cats done forgot what work is.They don’t know who we be,Looking, but they don’t…

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Just Take It Slow, We Got So Far To Go – Education Article

On Monday, our students had a trip to the American Museum of Natural History. After a series of whip-arounds and semi-completed scavenger hunts, we entered the waiting area for the Neil deGrasse Tyson-narrated Dark Universe. Because I saw it this summer with my son, I had the utmost confidence in telling my students it would be the best movie they’ve seen on a school trip and went into a furious synopsis of what they were about to see. One student commented…

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Keep That Same Energy, Tho [2018 and Beyond] – Education Article

“So what year are you?” I hesitated. In circles like these, I’m usually the odd person out. People probably ask themselves qualification questions privately, as well. On any given day, I can represent the 3.6 million teachers of America, the 20% of teachers who identify as nonwhite, the 2% of Black male teachers, the 1% of Latinx male teachers, or just me. I’m usually invited to have the race conversation because that’s the necessary one, but sometimes, I rather have…

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Launch This Strategy to Rejuvenate Your Co-teaching – Education Article

A MiddleWeb Blog Happy 2019, everyone! My steady readers know I am not a resolutions making kind of gal. Resolutions tend to have that adding-something-to-an-already-busy-plate sensation that, after awhile, fizzles away in frustration due to lack of resources, energy, and time. As a new year unfolds, I find great value in zooming in on a year-round reflective process as a way to keep our co-teaching on an effective trajectory. And January is a great time to pause and reflect. So,…

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