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When Bias is a Crayon

By: Molly Tansey My stomach was butterflies, or not butterflies, something worse. Something much, much worse. Moments away from the first lesson I would ever do with students, I wanted to run away. Feign ill. Magically evaporate. Whatever it took to put the moment off just a little longer. It didn’t help that the lesson…

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The Kid Who Became a Teacher

By: Evan Taylor “…be the teacher you wish you had when you were younger…” – anonymous kid Upon first walking in classroom, you will notice the plethora of Marvel action figures posted on top of a shelf. The majority of the action figures are Spiderman, since he is obviously the one of the greatest superheroes.…

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“He’ll Never Catch Up”

By: Conor Pierson “He’ll never catch up.” Those words were said sixteen years ago by one of my teachers to my father. I was at a very low point in my life, questioning whether I was following the right path. I’ve spent the majority of my life with anxiety and depression and it came to…

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The Schools We Need vs. The Schools That Need Us

By: Molly Tansey Every time I drive home from the University of Georgia to the South Carolina coast, I survey the small, rural towns. Antebellum houses sit next to main streets long abandoned, quickly giving way to farms and empty warehouses. The lack of opportunity is palpable. I used to be able to just appreciate…

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The What/Why/How of Cultural Mismatch in Chicago Public Schools

By: Ana Pyper The What Chicago Public Schools District (CPS) serves around 400,000 students in neighborhoods of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, immigrant groups, and life experiences. To do this, CPS employs roughly 22,000 teachers (depending on what cuts they’re making each year).* CPS Student Demographics by Ethnicity: CPS Teacher Demographics by Ethnicity: *All…

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(More Than) the Death of a Teacher

By: Daniel Bergerson Dear Dr. Miller, Or now that I don’t feel weird saying it… Dear Jake, Some four years ago, you gave a speech to our entire high school. With your signature Kansas drawl and wry wit, you started by saying, “I want to talk about my personal experience at the risk of this…

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Building Community Through Student Teaching

As many of us pre-service teachers head back to school over the next few weeks, heading back into the classroom is also on the agenda. For some pre-service teachers it will be their first practicum or field placement; others will find themselves in their full semester of student teaching. Many posts that discuss student teaching…