“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.” #DisruptTextslatimes.com/books/la-et-jc…
“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
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
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/
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
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.
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.
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
And the truth is, this reviewer’s bias is also the bias that many Ts have—educated (indoctrinated) in the “canon,” we will show a clear bias toward the texts that make up not only our reader identities but that validate our expertise as educators. #DisruptTexts
We teach what we know.
But what we know — and how we come to know and understand texts, how we determine their value — has been typically limited to a rather narrow (and unchallenged) definition of “great literature.” #DisruptTexts
#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.
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
For anyone reading Dr. D’Angelo’s White Fragility and #ClearTheAir: a thread that illustrates many of the principles outlined in the book. Here @MrKitMath rightly points out the ways in which the erasure of the contributions of POC gets perpetuated and the responses are textbook.
Thank you, @MrKitMath, for pushing back on this nonsense. When we don’t critically examine SYSTEMS of racism and fail to intervene to disrupt those systems, then we are more than complicit—we are active participants.
This is particularly problematic in predominantly White spaces which become an echo chamber of Whiteness even when those participating don’t realize it. It’s this lack of realization where systems draw their power.
It’s my belief that it’s Ts’ professional responsibility to actively pushback on texts and practices that are harmful to kids, to advocate for change. “We’ve always done it this way” and “I can’t” thinking is how the system—and all its inequities—gets perpetuated...
... through tacit acceptance, silence, and a refusal to see that 1) there’s a problem, 2) it’s also my problem, or 3) I have the power and responsibility to change it.
Today in #room290, this is what #DisruptTexts looked like: after reading several articles relating to the Vietnam War (our whole class novel is Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers), we created a list of perspectives that haven't read yet: Who's voice is missing?
And because I had purposefully left out the perspectives of the Vietnamese, Ss pointed out how we hadn't yet heard not only from that point-of-view, but also surrounding countries. Then we ended class reading this wonderful piece by @viet_t_nguyen#DisruptTexts
"The tendency to separate war stories from immigrant stories means that most Americans don’t understand how many of the immigrants and refugees in the United States have fled from wars — many of which this country has had a hand in." #DisruptTextsnytimes.com/2015/04/26/opi…
Yesterday during an in-service meeting, I love that we were asked to reflect on the following questions:
1) Why do you teach? 2) How do you teach? 3) What do you teach? 4) Goal for this year
Why do I teach?
Short answer: My parents. All my life, I had a deep respect for education and it’s importance (note: not grades, but education). My parents taught me that education is power.
And I still believe that education is our most powerful tool for social change.
How do I teach?
With authenticity: I try to be as authentic as possible and I invite Ss to bring their full selves into the room as well. Every lesson, I plan through the lens of authenticity: Is this something relevant to Ss? Is this what reading/writing look like in the world?
Back to school and feeling both exhausted and energized! So many good conversations yesterday and today around curriculum, diversity, and equity. Proud to be a part of such a great group of Ts as we #DisruptTexts together! Can’t wait to meet the kids Monday!
BTW, not only am I thoroughly appreciating this film on a personal level, I am out of this world happy reading all the think pieces and analyses of it—and there’s so much to unpack! The clothing, set design, language choices, everything. #CrazyRichAsians
#CrazyRichAsians opens today! No, it doesn’t represent all Asians or Asian Americans. But I saw it last week & despite being neither East Asia or crazy rich, I was emotional watching it. It’s one thing to read the books but quite another to see the story on the big screen.
It’s just one story, and one very small story in the wide range of what it means to be a person of Asian descent in the world.
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#Educolor is my heart home. It is where familia, intense dreaming, and powerful activism centered around educational equity starts and ends for me.
Too much time focusing on content when I should have focused on character.
Too much time focusing on having answers rather than seeking the right questions.
Too much time focusing on “rules” versus the rights of my students to read, to write, and to speak authentically. 2/
When we put too much focus on the small things (like I did)—like quizzing kids on discrete pieces of information, answering every study guide questions, or taking points off for a comma splice—our teaching becomes small.
Lots of Ts talk abt Ss "voice"—but what does that really mean? And how can we honor Ss who are often marginalized, esp. in class discussions that require complexity v. platitudes. TY @LadyOfSardines for sharing this. Will definitely be using! #DisruptTextsmedium.com/@ursulawolfe/d…
I did something similar when Ss read "Raising a Black Son in the US" by Jesmyn Ward. I asked Ss to 1) select a passage/excerpt that stood out to them from the text and 2) respond to any part of the essay. Collected these via Google Form.
Then I copied/pasted answers in a doc, alternating between excerpts from the text they selected & Ss responses. Passed copies out next day (removed any names) and we read them all aloud around the room. So some kids were reading Ward's words, others reading a classmate's.
Looking for your favorite visuals, charts, infographics that answer the question (in any way): What is America? Who are Americans? What does it mean to be American? and any related questions. Building a #DisruptTexts unit for #AmericanLit! ✊🏽
Reading a few conversations online recently, I've been thinking a lot about the urgent need for us as Ts to do some hard, internal work of unpacking the identities we bring to the classroom. (Thread, a long one 👇🏾) /1
Teaching is an intensely human activity. We know that the best teachers are those who know that teaching—and Ss—cannot be standardized. We teach who we are. This is what can make our practice so powerful—even transformative—but also dangerous. /2
We bring all of our identities—and the experiences that informed them—into our teaching. So we have to interrogate the ways in which these experiences have shaped our practices and relationships with kids. /3