Teaching with Hope: Fairness, Justice and Empathy

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What matters isn’t how a person’s inner life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer life.  What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the declaration of a war or the descriptions of a sunrise — his numbers for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new bridge.”

-Mr. Rogers


There are many reasons why a person would choose to become a teacher, but for me, being an elementary school teacher is all about hope. Spending my days with children who are still piecing it all together, still shaping their views on the world and how to navigate their way through life, is a privilege I don’t take lightly. In a society where there is so much hate and violence, teaching is an act of hope that the world can and should be better.  When you teach from a social justice perspective, you are always looking for ways to help children understand, empathize, recognize when something is unfair and ultimately take action to make changes.  The very best way I know how to do this is through reading books aloud and discussing them. Read more…

Best Year Yet

 

I want you to have your best year yet.

I want you to share the amazing things that happen in your classroom. I want you to let others know that teaching is full of grace, accomplishment, and pride. And if we celebrate the things that we do well, we can show the world just how meaningful teaching is for us and for our students. 

If we do this — you, me and everyone else willing to submit themselves to a larger community of inspiration — we can be positive models of teacher-leaders. We can overcome the naysayers. We can prove just how strong we are. … Read more…