LADY'$ GOT TALENT - EDUCATOR
("I CAN'T ALLOW YA'LL TO FAIL") @valencia_valencia - I am STRUGGLING with teaching children who seem to have no motivation to learn. I used to yell and shame them for not paying attention until I read bell hooks’ “Salvation” and realized, shaming is an oppressive tool, often used to silence us, for just being us. That stopped a few years ago, and sometimes I probably come off too soft by asking them what they need, instead of asking them to get out of my classroom. But honestly, it’s not really their job to tell us what they need, it’s our job to figure it out with them, so that they can begin advocating for themselves. We cant always expect young people to know how to articulate their learning styles, that’s a level of self awareness we have to explicitly teach. But I feel exhausted with this because it’s like, “What am I not doing??” Tonight, I’ll spend time thinking of more ways to differentiate, accommodate, and recreate. I swear I want to walk away and just go study abroad on days like this but this is the work. How can I blame the children for being unmotivated when they see little to no value in education? This is a cultural epidemic and yes, I believe it is systemic. Some people march for justice, I teach. Teaching my kids to be docile is not my desire, teaching them to learn how to learn is my goal—because every one learns differently.
Maybe this is my karma. I was the kid who never did homework, sat in class daydreaming, stayed suspended for fighting, cursed my teachers out, and barely graduated. I could never blame my teachers for not understanding my culturally-influenced trauma but I also won’t be the type of teacher who sees my students on the exact same path, and does nothing. -
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