A Student of My Students First

I recently reflected on the importance of knowing my students well after a dreaded conversation with my principal.

I’m reading Raquel Rios’s Teacher Agency for Equity: A Framework for Conscientious Engagement.  The book has caused me to question ways in which we attempt to build equity in education.  But no matter what I ponder, I know nothing is accomplished without relationships.  Rios said, “Teaching and learning is an act of truth and authenticity in relationships is required for it to work. It is ritualistic and ceremonial at times but it is also organic and improvised. It is a skill and also an art, it is a science and an act of faith” (p.5). Building relationships with students are all those things.  Read the blog on the Stories from School blog here.

Teacher Agency

After that, read Susan Collin’s blog about the difficulty of learning names as an elementary specialist here.


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