For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…

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Hey! So I’m about to start my 11th year teaching. I’ve been teaching middle school science in Minneapolis Public Schools my entire teaching career, mostly on the North/Northeast side of the city. I firmly believe that culture influences how we teach, learn, interact, think, and communicate with one another, and it is THE lens with which we look at the world. I am an Orthodox Jewish white woman, and my culture and religion impacts every part of my life!

This summer I facilitated a book club in my school.  We read Dr. Emdin’s book: “For White Folks that Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Y’all Too”, all about Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Transformative!

Over the years, so many of my friends and colleagues suggested that I blog my experiences as an educator. And I haven’t, lol. Now though? Now I want to. This next year I will blog, narrate, share my experiences as I intentionally try to implement Reality Pedagogy in my 7th and 8th grade science classes. My principal keeps saying to all of us, it is all about building bridges. Of understanding, learning, connection, caring, change.

I’m expecting it to be messy, real, with many, many of the emotional and profound moments that continuously enrich and impact my life in the way that only teaching and learning with a diverse community of learners can bring. I know, that by the end of the year, I will learn far more than my students, who I interchangeably call my kids, and my scholars.

I’m really nervous AND I’m really excited…all at the same time! I know that I will take many risks, I will falter, I will make mistakes, I will fail. And I hope and pray that I will rise, I will become even stronger, and I will face my challenges as I strive bring the best me to our children that I serve. I have no choice. Right?!?

Join me on my journey!

4 thoughts on “For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…

  1. You really make it appear really easy along
    with your presentation but I find this topic to be really something which I think I might never understand.
    It sort of feels too complex and very huge for me. I’m having a look forward in your subsequent submit, I’ll try to get the
    hang of it!

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    1. I wish it IS easy, lol!! No, it is hard work, mostly on MYSELF: reflecting and understanding my own misconceptions and biases and taking a step back (or 2 or 3) and not reacting they way I would’ve before. Basically? Changing ME.

      It also takes believing in and building and building and building TRUST with students. And NOT taking the interactions personally (unless they’re positive ;). And calling home a LOT and building relationships with parents and families.

      And most of all? For ME? Being super humble, realizing I don’t know what I don’t know, I need to constantly work on myself, and reaching out to others for support, and? Well LOTS and LOTS of prayer.

      Just keeping it real. And I will keep on sharing in my blog. Thank you SO much for the feedback!!

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