As a teacher/activist, Julia Torres's work is grounded in empowering students to use the Language Arts to fuel resistance and positive social transformation. Ms. Torres facilitates workshops and professional conversations about anti-racist education, social justice, and culturally sustaining pedagogies.
Taking away grades signals a fundamental change in the power dynamics of a classroom, and students need to be supported in order to thrive.
I am a teacher. I am a room. I am a space to fill. I am a culture to create. I am a world to shape. We are teachers. We are rooms. We are spaces to fill. We are cultures to create. We are worlds to shape.
One of the first lessons I teach my students is about my life. I tell them how I got to this moment and all the significant things that happened along the way: good, bad, ugly, and embarrassing.
We should be focusing on “better” practices, as what is “best” today may not be best for the children we teach in the future. With that in mind, we need to continue to be on the lookout for teaching practices that we feel are right and good for the children we have in front of us on a day-to-day basis.
Now, take the type of motivation that inspires you not only to teach, but to spend free time honing your craft, and compare it to the tactics often used to motivate students. High marks are dangled as rewards while low marks are wielded as punishments. Pizza hut offers free pizza to promote reading (and pizza, of course).
This episode features an interview with Starr Sackstein, author of the book Peer Feedback in the Classroom and Hacking Assessment.
Culture, like the air we breathe, is all around us. As social beings who live in community, we exist simultaneously in a variety of cultural contexts that have a profound impact on the kinds of interactions we have and the decisions we make. Culture shapes our relationships and establishes the frontiers that define our communities. … Continue reading Now’s the Time to Cultivate Culture
I understand some of what people are talking about when they refer to feeling alone in a community of teachers. Whenever we swim against the intellectual current, we get resistance. Some of this resistance comes from the context (like the current) we are in. It pushes and pulls us in certain directions. Some of the … Continue reading Communities Without Limits