We have a student right now who has been with us for 15 months. For 15 months he has lived in absolute limbo. Not knowing if he will be locked up for 4 years or 40. Numbers and names being constantly thrown around by Judges, lawyers, and the likes. I guess we’re getting a little … More A Year in Limbo
I recently got married, and my last name went from Shalda to Niemerowicz. My students knew I was engaged, and so we would often make a game out of trying to pronounce my future last name. I would project it on the screen, and go around the room letting kids guess how to pronounce it. … More Weird White People Names
Homelessness, abuse, neglect, hunger, poverty, violence, gangs, abandonment, assault, prostitution, drug addiction – it goes on. These tragedies are normalized aspects of my students’ lives. These overwhelmingly large barriers to health, success, and development have cast shadows over their light for most of their existence. They can’t see beyond them. Until they come to us. … More The [limited] Best.
Maybe it’s because I’m from the Midwest, maybe it’s because I’m a twenty-something woman, maybe it’s because our nation has been operating more heavily on fear than curiosity for the last year or so, I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but for some reason one of the first questions I get about my job from … More You don’t talk to females like that.
One stanza of a student’s poem reads: I’m hopeless in my mind Every day I wish I could just push rewind I don’t see myself with a future – am I blind? For the first time, for many of my students, they have consistent, positive, healthy role models and mentors in their life in the … More Am I blind?
“Miss, I finished my book!” “Great! Let’s get you a new one.” “No, Miss, I finished my book.” “Yes, I heard you! Let’s go find a new one” “Miss, I’ve never finished a book.” “OH! That’s awesome!! That’s really wonderful! You should be so proud of yourself! Let’s keep it going!” He would later inform me that … More Finished.
It was August, just a week or so into the school year. We were studying academic essays, and, as usual, we digressed. In a classroom of 6 students, there were 2 young black men, 3 Latinos, and a white boy. “Miss, I am so sick of people askin’ me when I’m gonna change!” “Okay, can … More When are you gonna change?
Rationale & experience in teaching Duvernay’s new Netflix Documentary to juvenile detainees. … More Rhetoric
We must stop the “othering” for our own comfort. … More Those People.