February 23, 2021: Quote of the Day

“Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe out its Indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

This Black History Month make sure to provide more than just happy, and comfortable, quotes for your students . . .

Trending Teacher Topics

I was recently asked to participate on a teacher panel. This opportunity included providing input on the panel topic. Instead of providing topics I could, and would gladly, discuss, I decided to provide a list of topics I am over.

Topics to retire, if only for the next conversation:

  • Failing Grade(s) Epidemic
  • Learning Loss (thanks to distance learning)
  • Motivation (or the lack thereof)
  • Online Learning Games
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Zoom: Pitfalls or Tips

It’s not that I don’t have first-hand experience, opinions, or things to share about these topics; rather, I feel that given a global pandemic, given the past year, I need space.

I know students are failing, and there is definitely academic loss, but we’re trying to survive a global pandemic that has upended nearly every sector of life. So, if we’re distracted or unmotivated or unable to put forth our regular best, it’s understandable.

I’m happy we’ve had the option and opportunity to have distance learning. It’s not perfect, it was implemented in haste, and even in the best circumstances it may not be suitable for all learners. I have heard and presented, ad nauseam, about online games, technology tools, and all the workings of Zoom. I need time to process, to practice more, to simply keep what I like and forgo anything new for awhile. It’s not that these things aren’t important, it’s just that (I feel) we’ve talked about them enough for now–what do you think?

Photo by Sam Balye on Unsplash

Interview Time!

Join me Tuesday morning, February 16th, at 10 a.m. PST on the Regional English Language Office (RELO) North Africa Facebook page–normally I present or interview, this time I am the interviewee!

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So . . . I’m back now!

Given the events of January 2021, I can safely assume my slightly longer absence was not a surprise, or noticed! We had a lot on our plates.

Well, what an end to 2020 and what a start to 2021. It didn’t quite measure up to March 2020–the month that seemed to never end, but it did have March 2020’s bafflement, apprehension, and general shenanigans.

Regardless, we can hopefully, now, safely, start a new chapter in what I’m sure will be a long textbook someday. I’m back, ready to write, share, and learn–have you checked out Canon Reclaimed yet? 😁

Insurrection, Impeachment, Inauguration, Investment
— January 2021, I wasn’t ready.

February 2021: Black History Month

Despite a delayed return here, I did manage to carve out some time to prepare for Black History Month–I managed to sit down and quietly read, read great books, escape the news and be inspired. I have so much to say and so much to share–books for fun, for kids, for classrooms, for audible.

So, join me on Canon Reclaimed–on FB & IG–to see all the great texts, stories, and authors to include this month, and every month.

Shown: A few books from last year, a couple of recommendations coming up!