Safe Spaces Aren’t Enough

In this time of unprecedented challenge to the norms of society, I have been thinking of how to create space in my classroom for discussions about social justice and equity.  Is creating a “safe space” enough?  I think it’s not.  Safe spaces are great in that they allow marginalized students to share their experiences withoutContinue reading “Safe Spaces Aren’t Enough”

Shhhh…don’t tell teacher! (

As many of you know, I’ve been exploring the idea of “backchannel chat” in my senior English class.  A backchannel is a conversation that happens concurrently with whatever is going on in the class but is not officially part of the lesson – much like passing notes in elementary school.  I’ve implemented it as partContinue reading “Shhhh…don’t tell teacher! (”