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#BlackLivesMatter and Our Classrooms

#BlackLivesMatter and Our Classrooms

I’m writing this post today because of the recent murder of Walter Scott. We have another publicized case of a black man being shot in the back by a police officer. *Warning: Graphic, unedited footage During my student-teaching internship with 7th grade middle school students last fall, the cases of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones … Continue reading

We Are More Than Just “Naive Teachers”

We Are More Than Just “Naive Teachers”

As I shared in my previous post, a number of pre-service teachers and I have created a new organization, the Young Teachers Collective. Since our launch, the negativity was striking–but unfortunately, not surprising. Below is an excerpt of what we wrote in response. Click here read our entire post. ——– Not Just Naive Teachers By: Hajra Syed, Jacob Chaffin, … Continue reading

For My Fellow Future Teachers

For My Fellow Future Teachers

Recently, NPR has released a number of articles regarding the drop of students enrolling in teacher education programs. In Eric Westervelt’s article, “Where Have All The Teachers Gone?” he discusses the various reasons young people may be deterred from the profession: teachers having less control over professional lives “an increasingly bitter, politicized environment” low pay a profession … Continue reading

Teachers: What are we doing for Leelah?

Teachers: What are we doing for Leelah?

One of my earliest encounters with the idea of gender that I can remember was in 1st grade. I’ll never forget. I had a girl friend who always wore blue, wore stickers that said, “Boys rule!” and constantly told me she wanted to be a boy and was proud to be a tom-boy. At 7 … Continue reading

Advocacy in the Age of Colorblindness

A student of color is courageous enough to share his story, and what do adults do? Dismiss and invalidate his experiences by arguing what they believe he and students in similar situations need. Go ahead, say you are “fighting for students,” but you can’t truly fight for students if you aren’t listening to them–all of … Continue reading

What In The World Are You Doing, CPS?

What In The World Are You Doing, CPS?

Yesterday I received a text that made my heart sink and made me absolutely sick to my stomach.   Yesterday in Chicago, over 2,000 teachers were laid off–as if closing 53 elementary schools wasn’t enough of a draconian and heartless action enough to impose on the Chicago community. To take it even further, they have … Continue reading

What I Learned in Chicago

What I Learned in Chicago

This morning, filled with high spirits mixed with exhaustion, I shared my reflection to those in Chicago before my flight took off. Since I think most saw that post this morning, I’ll instead start off this post with a few things I didn’t know about Chicago & the battle to save their schools that I … Continue reading