Book Tasting

My co-worker and I received awesome feedback from our students about their experience reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So we wanted to let students browse other relevant, engaging, and popular young adult books from the last couple years. I did this in the form of a book tasting: students got menus, sampled a variety of... Continue Reading →

Performance Review of Myself

Be careful what you ask for, right? I required my 10th graders to give me feedback on their experience with me as their teacher first semester, and initially, my brain only read the negatives. So, I decided to write down some of the feedback that hurt and some that helps. Hurts: A native student who... Continue Reading →

Encouraging Students

One of my mantras is "I can't give what I don't have." Some of my colleagues and I were feeling a bit depressed and overwhelmed this January, and we could see that it was a bit viral in our building. A lot of us are trying to be helpful and giving when we're running on... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk about Silence

What goes unsaid is just as important as what is said. This is something I am leaning into in my life and my classroom. I'm in a class of teachers, mostly from my district, called SEED that meets one Thursday evening each month. For our last session, we read excerpts from the book Everyday Anti-Racism -... Continue Reading →

5 Baby Steps for the White Moderate

Minneapolis is still high from celebrating an extraordinary Vikings win against the Saints, as we should be. It was the first game I watched all season because I didn't feel right supporting the NFL this year specifically because of the backlash against Colin Kaepernick's peaceful protest. But I also am human, wanted to watch the... Continue Reading →

15 Chinook Book Dates Under $50

It's 2018, and I decided to merge my talents for organization and saving money by pre-planning monthly dates for me and Ben. All of the dates require a Chinook Book, which pays for itself quickly and is filled with environmentally sustainable and local opportunities to explore the Twin Cities. We got ours at Half Price... Continue Reading →

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everyone: what Tupac Shakur called THUG LIFE. Angie Thomas does a brilliant job intertwining the real-world issues of racism, police brutality, gang violence, poverty, and privilege in her novel for young adults. The book is no joke- more than 400 pages of a narrative that I've seen on... Continue Reading →

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