The Toughest Lessons Learned: Conversations on Race

“In a sense the limitations of Orientalism are, as I said earlier, the limitations that follow upon disregarding, essentializing, denuding the humanity of another culture, people, or geographical region.” ~ Edward Said The first time I read Edward Said's "Orientalism" was when I was doing my Master's in Literature, back in 2008. I remember signing … Continue reading The Toughest Lessons Learned: Conversations on Race

Strategies to Help Build Relationships with English Language Learners

This post was originally published on Edutopia.  rap·port a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well. My first day teaching an ELL class, I walked in and was very confident that it was going to be the best class ever. After all, … Continue reading Strategies to Help Build Relationships with English Language Learners

Cultivating Student Voice through Narrative Writing

Every day, students at University Laboratory School, a public charter in Honolulu, Hawaii, have the opportunity to spend a quiet 10-15 minutes with their teachers for a Writer’s Workshop. One on one, they talk through the student’s progress on writing assignments they were assigned to complete during class. But these aren’t the stale essay responses … Continue reading Cultivating Student Voice through Narrative Writing

3 Ways to Lead your own Professional Development

Last year I joined twitter after following a conference hashtag. It was then that a whole world of professional learning opportunity opened up to me. I was listening to an interview that someone shared on my twitter feed, and that interview was about EdCamps and how they are such powerful forms of professional development, where … Continue reading 3 Ways to Lead your own Professional Development

#SlowchatED: Educators Empowering Student Voice

This past week I had the lovely honour of moderating #slowchatED, and the topic was Student Voice. There was a lot of energy especially the first few days of the chat. Participants were driven to empower each other and discuss strategies and techniques they use in their classrooms to empower student voice. Let me preface this … Continue reading #SlowchatED: Educators Empowering Student Voice