Things I never knew . . .

Installment #10:

Five things I never knew . . . until I became a teacher:

  • brand name glue sticks are really, actually better
  • glue sticks don’t actually last that long
  • glue sticks need names on them–each kid just needs their own
  • glue sticks are better than any other glue option
  • I hate glue sticks

Diverse Literature

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I found this image and the links to it on theconsciouskid on Instagram.

As I stated in my previous post, throughout my entire teaching career I knew that children’s books lacked diversity. I knew that required reading lists, recommended reading lists, and the availability of representative literature in any library was lacking–lacking in terms of culture, language, ethnic, racial, and religious representation.

What I did not grasp, until I saw this image and began a deeper investigation, was how much more work, effort, and searching is required on my part to actually find the few books that are available. What I did not grasp was why I had always had a hard time finding quality and numerous options for my classroom.

I have worked in schools that are predominantly Latinx/Hispanic/Chicano and African/African-American/Black, my students deserve stories that mirror their experiences and their voices. Furthermore, even if my students were not predominantly LatinxHispanic/Chicano or African/African-American/Black, every child deserves to see themselves represented, and every child needs to learn how to see and listen to the stories of people unlike them.

This image is a sort of call, for me and you. The work is big, but if we do it together, if we advocate, and share, and make the effort, we can create a more equitable representative and inclusive classroom for our students–something each child not only has a right to, but that every child needs now more than ever.

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Designed a logo and bought some business cards — it’s going to be a big, productive, and wonderful year 🏫✏️📚🍎

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This year . . .

Over the summer I came across one article on the importance of diverse literature. This topic and concept has always been on my mind–I believe and advocate in culturally responsive teaching, culturally relevant pedagogy, and other tenets of multi-cultural education.

I have acquired knowledge through my university work, expanded my knowledge base in my teacher preparatory program, and finally learned by doing in the classroom. This applies to all components, and my understanding, of teaching and learning.

Now, this year, I want to make a series of posts, a category I will entitle: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion.

Through readings, and research, I know I have done some, but I also know I have more to learn, and more to do. By sharing I hold myself accountable; furthermore, I help inspire others, help spread the message, and hopefully offer some ideas to guide us all in becoming better teachers–teachers more committed, now more than ever, to creating a welcoming space for all students.