Teaching Tips

Teaching About Spring Holidays

The birds are chirping. The weather is getting warmer.  Spring is here, signaling the arrival of the many holidays that take place this time of year.  However, while “Winter Holidays” are often taught at schools in an effort to “multiculturally” celebrate Christmas, the festivities our students engage in during the Spring are often ignored even…

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The Fatal Consequences of Microaggressions

For most of human history, we have had no words to describe the seemingly small statements and actions that indirectly and subtly insult people based on race or other aspects of identity.  During the 1970s, Dr. Chester M. Pierce proposed the term microaggression to describe these statements and actions, but the concept failed to spread.…

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Questions About Separation of Language

Recently, I published a blog article about separation of language. I thought my next blog post in this series would be about bridging, but many readers have asked a number of questions about separation of language that I would like to address first. Q1.  Isn’t it normal for bilingual individuals to translanguage? A. It is…

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New Year’s Resolution: Perpetual Growth

The ending of a year, whether it is the Gregorian calendar year, a luni-solar year, an academic year, or even a fiscal year, presents us with an opportunity to reflect and commit ourselves to growth.  One place where we can never stop growing is in our struggles for social justice. Because each of us, regardless…

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5 New Years Celebrations Throughout the Year

Although the school year continues to rush forward, we will soon be ushering in a new, calendar year with our students.  Many of us who work with younger grades will change the year on our class calendars, and then as we sit with our students during morning meeting, we will explain to them how a…

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