As a new teacher, I need to start getting better at turning my mind off, so that I can go to sleep. My first day of regularly scheduled classes begins on Thursday, so I worked a 14 hour day. It’s just hard to fall asleep after that. In honor of the insomnia of teaching, here’s a good video:
On a different note, my advisory had a wonderful 1.5 hour discussion today about race and ethnicity. We used Zora Neale Hurston’s piece “How It Feels to Be Colored Me” as a springboard. The writing prompt that started the discussion was quite simple: write about a time in my life where you have been very aware of your race or ethnic background. I think this was a good “in” for students because it was a non-threatening prompt and one that can be taken a lot of different places. Furthermore, I think this exposed for me two core beliefs I am developing:
- Students WANT to discuss difficult topics, especially those that are relevant to their identity and worldview.
- When given the opportunity and proper amount of respect, students will show unexpected levels of maturity during difficult conversations.