I am teaching a multi-age classroom this year, covering three grades. It is quite a difference from teaching a traditional classroom of one grade. There are times I miss having only kindergarten. But I have wonderful students that make this year so rewarding. I’ve discovered several things with my students:
Recently, I started teaching in a private school setting. While this is not my first foray into this type of classroom, it has been a LONG time. My last private school adventure took place in a third and fourth grade class. This year I am teaching kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. How, you ask, is that possible? I don’t know. I still haven’t figured it out. Originally, I thought I could handle this without a problem. Three grades is nothing, I can totally do that!! I was wrong. I said, “I have done child care for 20 years, this will be fine.” I wasn’t that far off the mark. Read More Reviving the Idea of a One Room School House
A state law calling for English-only in the public schools. A national movement of “Americanization.” Educators and administrators working to erase the home culture of their students. Sounds like today, right? Nope. Think 1900s Laredo, Texas and enter Jovita Idar and Leonor Villegas de MagnÃ³n who said, “Fuck that, our children deserve better.” Read More Badass Bilingual Bitches
This past week, education news outlets and blogs were abuzz when a school board member with impressive credentials took and could not pass the state standardized tests for students in his district. Rick Roach is a success by many definitions. From Marion Brady’s original piece (the first link): Read More Can You Pass Eleventh Grade?
On Friday, the New York Times published an article entitled, “The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s.” The piece describes a developing trend in the relationship between the academy and the workforce: namely, the fact that more and more employers are hiring Master’s holders, leading to a perceived devaluation of the Bachelor’s degree. Read More What is the Price of Higher Education?
After my second year of teaching, my district had a “reduction in force” and “RIF”ed (“let go” in layman’s speak) every single first, second, third, fourth, and fifth year teacher. Read More Education in America: Illinois Tackles Seniority
Not only was I homeschooled, I was homeschooled in 1987, when pretty much the only people who homeschooled also had an action plan for the Rapture. This is the story of how I became a dirty liberal womanist heathen. Read More I Was Homeschooled