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Today at 6th grade team meeting, we discussed Friday's plan for advisory centering on MLK. I pushed back on "just" showing "I have a Dream" speech & shared resources from @Tolerance_org .

I showed them the 4 social justice "domains" - identity, diversity, justice & action.
The slide show my colleague had made for us to use included photos of the 1960s (as well as the video of I have a Dream) & one of the photos was of a KKK person holding a noose. I asked the (mostly white) teachers to consider the emotional labor being put on our Ss by showing it.
@mscameronsays shared her views as a black teacher & having heard our kids talk diversity.

She emphasized kids need to leave knowing that MLK didn't END segregation or racism - those are STILL issues.

I pulled in, "why is a movement still needed today?" From @Tolerance_org
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This book. ❤️❤️❤️ Started last night, finished this morning.

@nicole_soojung, TY for writing these powerful words about family, race, and identity. I hope everyone reads this.

Ts, please add this to your clsrm libraries; I’m sure there are Ss who need it. #DisruptTexts
One reason we read stories is to find a way to reconcile all the parts of our own messy selves. Reading heals. Sometimes you read a book; then, inside, everything shifts, just a little. You can't help see your experiences in a new way; you reconsider who you are, who you'll be.
That's what reading this book was like for me.

And it makes me wonder (again) how often Ss have opportunities to read stories that specifically wrestle w/identity, race, family, & culture. Often, Ss grapple with identity but don't have the words to name what they're feeling...
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Planning an upcoming unit with #1984 as a core text. Join me, #DisruptTexts friends, as I try to figure this unit out... (this will be my ongoing thread as I pull together ideas over the next few weeks).

Suggestions more than welcome... #aplitchat #aplangchat #engchat
So Ss will be moving from a unity of study in Storytelling, and next we’ll move to a unit of study on Truth, with 1984 as a core text.
Got my @Tolerance_org Social Justice Standards out and ready!…
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Although I think that pairings and counter-narratives are one way to #DisruptTexts, lately I have been wondering to what extent such a pairing still centers Whiteness and dominant narratives.
I've become increasingly uncomfortable with the dichotomy that pairings and counter-narratives suggests, as if the value of the "diverse" text is in its positionality to the dominant narrative. #DisruptTexts
I mean, you don't have to teach #TheHateUGive WITH [insert canonical text]. You could, you know, just #TeachHateUGive. So many texts we would consider as part of pairings or counter-narratives can stand more than well enough on their own. #justsayin #DisruptTexts
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⁩Must-read for this weekend—and beyond. I hope we all sit w/⁦@DingleTeach’s words which are a call to action for deep internal work:

“We should all be there. And if we are not, the absences of those not represented should be felt. Painfully.” /1…
Ask yourselves, and be honest:

“Yet, are we in pain? We are not. Pain would demand willingly relinquishing power & privilege because the loss from not experiencing the beauty & knowledge from all voices is too much to bear.” @DingleTeach 2/…
“As comfortable as you make the guest, it is still your house. And that is the problem.” - @DingleTeach

And this is the inherent problem in almost all educational spaces of power, spaces where decisions are made by a few on the behalf of the many. 3/…
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Ss need thoughtful, well-written models of individuals grappling with the complexities of identity. Next week, Ss are reading these four identity #mentortexts as they write their own. #DisruptTexts #aplangchat
"I didn’t come to Korea with the delusion that becoming Korean, full stop, was possible for me, and I certainly understood it would be presumptuous for me to act as if I were. I knew that I would always be on the outside of many things." #DisruptTexts…
"Throughout the books, Katniss endures the unendurable. She is damaged & it shows. At times, it might seem like her suffering is gratuitous but life often presents unendurable circumstances people manage to survive. Only the details differ." #DisruptTexts…
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Been waiting for this book! #DisruptTexts #TeachingRace
So, I am only three chapters in. Read chapter 12, then jumped to the beginning and read first two chapters. Background: I have read Brookfield's other work on critical thinking and discussion strategies (highly recommend both books) so I was looking forward to this one.
So far, I am not disappointed. Aside from Brookfield, the other chapters I've read are from Black scholars, including George Yancey, who wrote this piece for the @nytimes…
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Front and center for #disrupttexts. This room is PACKED, y’all! So many disruptors in here! @nenagerman, @triciaebarvia, @juliaerin80, & @TchKimPossible are gonna be, and we all know it!🔥 #ncte18
@triciaebarvia asking us why we are here. I am here because the canon needs to be reimagined. I am here because oppressive systems must be disrupted and dismantled. I am here because none of us are free until we all are free. #disrupttexts #ncte
Fellow disruptors, why are you here? #disrupttexts #ncte18
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It’s her!!! This might be the best thing ever!!! #NCTE18 #DisruptTexts #BeyondTheSingleStory
On the power of her teachers... “It must have give me great confidence to be SEEN by my teacher like that. She saw me, she saw all of us... She made me feel like my passion mattered.” #NCTE18
On other teachers... “Lack of respect was really my curiosity, my refusal to give into a false sense of deference. I wish those other Ts had a way to guide my questions. To read my restless curiosity as just that, not as a reason for censure.” #NCTE18
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Whole thread, all of which can be applied to the ways we make decisions about curriculum w/the assumption that white male Ss will not engage with a text if their experiences aren’t centered—yet how many times do we expect other Ss, especially Ss of color, to do so? #DisruptTexts
And this socialization starts early whenever we talk about “boy” books and “girl” books. Or when we relegate books about Black Americans to February. #DisruptTexts
Or when we don’t teach stories we think Ss can’t relate to (for many reasons, but ones that often have to do with race or culture) and then end up perpetuating systemic oppression of marginalized communities. #DisruptTexts
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Citations are political. “Inequality is reflected through a veneration of the classics. In the social sciences & humanities, many of these works were written [at a time] when racial & gender exclusion was simply expected & taken for granted.” #DisruptTexts…
“What counts as canonical is shaped by who had access to existing knowledge and the tools and institutional resources to produce new knowledge.” - @victorerikray #DisruptTexts
“The racial politics of citation have real effects. Citations draw our attention to the ideas that supposedly matter, they are a measure of one’s intellectual influence and they shape what we are able to think about a given field.” @victorerikray #DisruptTexts
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When we say, "We got work to do," it's important to define the "we", and perhaps shift away from talking and toward actions that will produce results. Shout out to all educators and allies doing the work of making sure students (who will grow up to be voters) #DisruptTexts
Lately, I've been talking with @nenagerman and others about the role of the anti- racist educator in spaces serving predominantly white children vs. spaces with children of color.
Some thoughts: systems and structures predominantly serving children of color are often environments that perpetuate narratives of subordination and white suburban supremacy.
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This bears repeating. “Over and over again, the message is ‘be kind,’ but the novel never ever asks us to question the current social hierarchy, what Isabel Wilkerson calls the American ‘caste system.’”… #DisruptTexts
“Let’s be clear: "To Kill a Mockingbird" is not a children’s book. It is an adult fairy tale, that is often read by children in wildly different — and sometimes profoundly damaging — ways.” #DisruptTexts…
“Perhaps I am ambivalent because I am black. I am not the target audience. I don’t need to read about a young white girl understanding the perniciousness of racism to actually understand the perniciousness of racism. I have ample firsthand experience.”…
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“If Ss are able to hear a dif. version of the story, one straight from the source, perhaps their worldviews might shift in a direction that means indigenous & black & brown people will no longer have to fight for their basic human rights.” #DisruptTexts…
“If academia continues to uphold white men as the pinnacle of literature, they’re also continuing to uphold white supremacy. And when you teach mostly white men, you perpetuate the falsehood that only their voices matter, that only their voices shape America.“ #DisruptTexts
“But more than that, what I hope to see with the decolonization of syllabi is a reframing of the American narrative and a return to modes of thinking and knowledge that colonization tried so hard to destroy.

I’m here to teach resistance, one book at a time.” ✊🏽 #DisruptTexts
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My work right now is focused on curriculum, but not just on diverse text selection. For me, it’s about embedding anti-bias, anti-racist pedagogies into my daily practices in big and small ways, but relentlessly so. #ClearTheAir #DisruptTexts
Another one of my goals is to become more active as a role model and mentor to the AAPI Ss in my school as the Ss organization faculty advisor. Because of the Model Minority myth, too often AAPI Ss needs as ignored or underserved. #CleartheAir
My librarian and I are co-facilitating a social justice book club which has so far gotten a great response. Out first selection was Just Mercy and Ts stayed for almost two hours after school to talk! Our next meeting will be focused on action we can take. #CleartheAir
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This week, Ss consider the voices & perspectives that may be missing from texts like The Things They Carried, starting w/some reflection that considers the voices & perspectives they center in their own lives and who O’Brien centers in the text... #DisruptTexts #aplangchat 1/
Students selected articles from the @nytimes Vietnam in ‘67 collection:… #DisruptTexts #aplangchat 2/
Here are some examples of responses from Ss when prompted to consider additional perspectives #aplangchat #DisruptTexts 3/
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Do you teach Gatsby, Raisin, any American Lit and/or the “American Dream”? Here’s a #DisruptTexts source for you...…
Also recommend this paired text—Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart—especially in light of #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth. “We are the living dream of the dead. We are the living spirit of the free.” #DisruptTexts
And look—made you a printer friendly copy of the excerpt for close reading with Ss. :) #DisruptTexts #FilipinoAmericanHistoryMonth…
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Catching up on #TheEdCollabGathering sessions I missed yesterday day—and YES to EVERYTHING my #DisruptTexts co-Founder and friend @juliaerin80 says: We are living in a historic time, a true renaissance of multicultural #yalit.
Like Julia, I didn’t have these texts as a teen. What a difference it would have in my life; what a difference it can make for our Ss now.

It’s an amazing time for #yalit. Will you be a T who engages in this moment or let it pass by? #TheEDCollabGathering #12 #DisruptTexts
I could listen to @juliaerin80’s booktalks all day and 💯 agree w/this: “Jason Reynolds has written the book for everyone.” I have 3 boys, ages 8, 11, & 13 — and all three are reading @JasonReynolds83’s Track series, 11-yr-old read #MilesMorales, & oldest read #LongWayDown 2X.
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2018: My Year of Reading. A thread that follows my reading journey from January to December. Every book I've read with a 280 character review. Tagged a few folks who influence the shape of my literary life 📚 #THEBOOKCHAT #DisruptTexts #TeachLivingPoets 📚
1. Never Let Me Go; Kazuo Ishiguro: A supremely crafted narrative begins unassumingly, but quickly reveals a different notion of childhood innocence and coming of age. The conversational tone fooled me into thinking I was walking into a world I understood. Nobel worthy.
2. We Should All Be Feminists; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: As an author who breathes eloquence, Adichie doesn't disappoint. This short book/long essay is insightful and logical and human. If we want to raise boys without the toxic masculinity, this is on the required reading list.
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So as many know, me and @Tolerance_org Social Justice Standards = 😍. Love how framework works as a foundation & guide for any unit of study, grades K-12.

Ex. Here are essential ?s based on the standards on a unit of study on the idea of HOME.


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In #AmericanLit, we can explore the idea of HOME throughout the entire year — and #DisruptTexts — starting w/Native and indigenous literatures. #TheEDCollabGathering #7
Some related questions to explore: How have First Nations people defined home? How is home tied to land and language and culture? #TheEdCollabGathering #7 #DisruptTexts
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Of the many things I learned co-presenting w/@teachkate was how we approach planning from different starting pts. Kate, master of rdg workshop, starts w/skills, then texts, then essential ?s. Meanwhile, I start w/essential ?s, texts, then skills. #TheEdCollabGathering #7
But no matter where we start—whether we start with the skills kids will need to apply to new texts independently or the essential questions they can wrestle and grapple with—what is NOT a starting or ending point is the text.

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We should stop treating texts & the "canon" as if they are fixed.

How often do we start & end w/the "text": reducing literature to content to be consumed v. a means to invite Ss to develop skills & grapple with big, important questions? #DisruptTexts #TheEdCollabGathering #7
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#DisruptTexts friends, it’s confession time. Share a traditionally canonical text — or many — that you’ve never read (or faked read) and the impact, negative or positive, that’s had on you. Do you feel you missed out? How did not reading said text affect your opportunities?
I’ll go first: Pride and Prejudice, Grapes of Wrath are the first two that come to mind. BUT I could put countless others that I could count as having not read because I really didn’t understand them at the time and couldn’t tell you a thing about them.
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Discussion of “great literature” must include critique of systems that decided & still decide what qualifies as “great.” The “Canon” is a construction: it was constructed & is maintained by interests that aren’t necessarily inclusive of the full range of human exp. #DisruptTexts
Too often I see real critiques of the “canon” met with a brief acknowledgment of the importance of diverse texts but then a doubling down of the value of the “canon” / “great literature” / “classics” #DisruptTexts
When legitimate concerns about #RepresentationMatters are brought up, the response is either outright defensiveness or performative agreement. #DisruptTexts
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