I Know Now That It Was Unintentional: A Reflection

I Know Now That It Was Unintentional: A Reflection

Writing was always my favorite subject in school. I loved writing assignments, and was very excited when one of my elementary school teachers announced to my class that we would have the opportunity to write an essay on a state of our choice. There was one catch. Everyone in the class had to have a different state. It did not take me long to decide which state I wanted to write about.  Since my last name was Armstead and my teacher always did everything by last name order, I would not…

In the Hot Seat: Resources to Help Teachers Respond to Questions about Race

In the Hot Seat: Resources to Help Teachers Respond to Questions about Race

will be honest. As a classroom teacher, I did not believe I was skilled at engaging in meaningful conversations about race with my colleagues, let alone responding to questions from my students that directly related to equity,discrimination, or oppression. I was slightly fearful that I would say something that might be taken out of context. It wasn’t until a “hot moment” erupted in my fifth grade classroom that I realized I had to grapple with my personal feelings and emotions.  It became quite clear that many of my fifth graders…