Category Archives: Teaching

Honoring Identities Due Out in November

I am happy to announce that I have a book coming out in November. Published by Rowman and Littlefield, Honoring Identities argues that creating culturally responsive learning communities is a process which begins with building community, cultivating certain student and teacher dispositions, nurturing social justice, leveraging the power of talk and dialogic exchange, using Cultural…
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Wishing Things into Being through Writing

Say the word poetry, and many cringe, connecting their aversion to school room experiences that required dissecting a poem for its hidden meaning.  But April, which is National Poetry Month, offers an opportunity to see poetry from another angle.  When I taught high school English, I often began a poetry unit by asking the question:…
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Recipe for Success

Around the holidays, I often think of food—perhaps because there is an abundance of food served to celebrate family gatherings or perhaps because holidays feature menu items that aren’t everyday fare—treats like cheesy potatoes, shrimp cocktail, and prime rib or peanut brittle, frosted cut-out cookies, and pecan pie. Foods also connect us to culture, so…
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Ripples in a Pond

Growing up, I remember frequent reminders to think before speaking; therefore, cautions like “be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear” resonate with me.  While teaching, I frequently reminded my high school students, “Just because an idea crosses your mind doesn’t mean it has to cross your lips.”  If anyone audaciously retorted, “I…
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