2020-2021 School Year: Compassion Over Curriculum
Similar to most educators across the country, I have received a staff meeting. You know the one I’m talking about. The conversation swirls around “This is all tentative.”, “I have more questions than answers.”, “I wish I could tell you more.”, “ That’s a great question I’ll let you know when I know.”, “This is the plan but, there are so many variables.” I completely understand my administration was doing their best but, throughout the meeting, my colleagues and I were feeling very overwhelmed. The multiple group texts I was apart of were blowing up with, “How is this going to work?”, “This is going to be a mess.” , “This isn’t going to last and we will switch to remote in a month.” etc…Read full story
Why Are Restorative Circles Beneficial?
Your first thought while opening this story perhaps is what on earth is a restorative circle? I never heard of this term either until I started working at my school. Now, after being in a few of these social healing experiences I can truly say how eye-opening they are. Alright so, what is a restorative circle you ask? A restorative circle is,Read full story
Did Your History Class Forget To Teach You About Human Zoos Too?
I am an educator. I teach Social Studies. I took multiple courses in United States History and World History throughout my university career. Not once did I learn about Human Zoos. The political term is “Colonial Exhibits”. Now, as an educator of history myself, I do not have this topic in my curriculum. Human Zoos used to be the norm in society. You may be wondering at this point “What is a Human Zoo?”Read full story
Why Do We Learn Social Studies In School?
On the first day of school every year the question of “Why do we learn history and Social Studies?” always comes up. Sometimes I flip the switch and I ask them why we learn this subject. I teach 7th and 8th grade U.S. History and the comments that come up are, “Why do I care about what happened 100 years ago?” “Why do I care about old white dudes who are dead?” “How I am going to use this stuff in real life?” Well, they have a point, don’t they? Many people find Social Studies extremely boring and useless. My mission in my career is, for students to understand why they learn about their past. My goal is to never have Social Studies be their favorite subject but, as long as they appreciate it I feel that I completed my purpose.Read full story