My #teacherlife week ended with report card conferences last night. To be able to tell parents about how wonderful their daughters are is a blessing. Even the parents of the students who did not do too well got to hear about how I believe in the potential of their child with the student sitting right there. For 3 hours, I had folks plopped at my table and I enjoyed every bit of it. Sometimes parents and guardians just needed to release a little something and I am glad that I could be there for that.

95% of my students identify as non-white, many are 1st and second generation from the Caribbean and Central America. All of them deserve an education that stimulates the intellect and the spirit. The kicker, one of my 11th grade students who received an 81 thanked me in front of her mom (an alum!) for being a good teacher. I thanked her for the work she puts in because it does not come easy. I was moved by last night’s exchanges, reciprocity, and community. I remain hopeful for us all.

Why Don’t Students Read?

From the article:

I once dismissed a class because no one had done the reading. I was teaching a lower-division course called “Peoples and Cultures of Africa,” and for two weeks we had been discussing gender and health as students (supposedly) read Kris Halloway’s Monique and the Mango Rains. During each class, I reminded students that they should finish reading the book by the following Friday, because we would be talking in depth about how it related to the concepts we’d been exploring. Friday arrived, and not a single student had read enough of the book to participate in class. Most hadn’t even started it. I packed up my materials, told my students to go home and come back when they were serious, and then walked out.

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