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I am seeing a resurgence of interest in educators calling on other educators to stop pushing kids out of class, to do deep reflective work on their own implicit bias, and to implement restorative practice approache to discipline. #ClearTheAir Thread/
While I deeply appreciate the challenges educators are posing to one another, and also agree, that we as educators must call on our peers to do deep reflective work about our own internalized bias and the ways we view student “misbehavior”,
this moment calls on us to approach school safety within a larger context. In short, we need a Yes/And solution to safety, discipline and racial justice in our schools.
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On Monday we played a game of rigged Monopoly.

🗣Shout out to @Tolerance_org for their dope lesson (I made some changes, but the spirit still remained).

Let me tell you all about income inequality in America. Woooo boy... it had my kids FIRED UP. (1/x)
Here is the actual lesson developed by @Tolerance_org…
I’ll try to be succinct, but that ain’t my strength.

There were four players and one, the 🚗, got a huge head start with extra cash and two free properties.

The ⛵️ essentially played by normal rules.
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#ClearTheAir was born after an extended moment of despair and frustration. I spent 2016 nightmarishly watching the most of #EduTwitter ignore what was happening nationally. Only a few of us were regularly speaking out or talking explicitly about racism generally and in edu. 1/
I was really sad about the world and our profession falling short at such a critical time. I wanted and needed to connect with other people who were feeling the same way. And it was about 7:30 a.m. when I sent a tweet out asking a few folks to meet me that night. #ClearTheAir 2/
Who does a Twitter chat about racism on #NewYearsEveEve ?!?!?

I'm getting emotional right now and feeling so appreciative of the people who showed up and kept showing up. #ClearTheAir 3/
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Thread time!

Thank you for taking the time to lurk or participate in #ClearTheAir this summer and/or Fall. I finally made the time to analyze the data and want to share it with you. 1/
Of all the work we did this summer and fall, the majority of respondents named The Essential Conversation and A More Beautiful and Terrible History as most impactful for their professional and professional growth. 2/
The key learnings from this SUMMER from #BreakRank were:
- Feeling thankful for White anti-racist educators to learn from without having to ask BIPOC for additional labor
- White people have their own specific work to do
- Exploring one’s place in the work as a White person 3/
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Without #ClearTheAir tonight, I'm going to share something that #ClearTheAir helped me do.
In the spring when we read #DareToLead @ValeriaBrownEdu pushed us to find home groups and engage in a different way. So I did. I gathered some of my fave humans - @jaimeetaborda @MrsSpragueMath @PamSuperY @YonikaLee @annrokosky
They all knew ME but had varying levels of knowing each other. In this space and time (all through Google Hangout) we shared our fears, our shame, our vulnerabilities. They trusted me A LOT but began to trust each other. It was so beautiful to be a part of.
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@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato We have a brain break game that we play that seems to have shifted us into a place of disarmament and honesty in talking about race/identity together.
It’s in math, and the idea is that kids write 3 true statements on an index card:

1st one: True for you + most/all of class.
@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato This 1st stmt aims for 100%, 25/25 or a “one away” fraction like 24/25.

2nd fact: true for you and about half the class. Looking for 50% or fractions near equivalent to half like 12/25.

3rd fact: True for only you or maybe 1 other, looking for low % or a unit fraction 1/25.
@wwndtd @ChristieNold @ProjectLITComm @jarredamato Kids write their own and turn them in, I shuffle them read,

“Stand up if you live in Nashville” All stand, “how did we do on the target?” Kids say 100% or name the fraction and how close to whole.

I say, “keep standing if you also play a sport”, some sit & then we evaluate how
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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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Soooo one of the first pieces of news I heard this morning was about white nationalist rallies in DC, Charlottesville, and perhaps across the country.
It is shameful and beyond embarrassing (I have International friends all over the world) to think about how these are the same people who say the pledge of allegiance to, "One nation, under God, indivisible..."
It is difficult for me to understand the folks who throw their hands up, ignore, "don't know what to do..." because every move counts. Every conversation with your racist family member.
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Good morning to all educators committed to reconsidering "behavior issues" and rebranding them as opportunities to invite someone in to conversation and connection. These are the moments for us to line up actions with all the things we say we believe.
As folks are designing behavior policies, codes of conduct, and expectations this time of year, it is especially important to remember the end goal and desired tone or flavor you want a classroom or school to have.
Focus too much on outcomes you do NOT want, and that's exactly what you're going to get. Children want to be happy. They are wired to love.
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