Kids are aware of political tensions in our country and specifically the targeting of Muslims, immigrants, and refugees. But young people most likely don’t know that throughout U.S. history other groups have confronted intense discrimination and violence. … More Why must we teach resistance today? An interview with the authors of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
As I think back on the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, the word that keeps coming to mind is: challenging. Sometimes it feels like the usual Tuesday kind of challenging when you work to bring an energy and consistency to your kids that feels difficult, especially in May. But, more so now, it’s … More 100 Days of the Trump Presidency in my 4th Grade Classroom
“I pledge to speak up.” This was an oath by a student in my 2nd grade classroom in Manhattan, written on the day of the presidential inauguration in January. In the lead up to the election last fall students were itching for chances to talk about what they had seen or heard in the news. Conversations sprang … More 2nd Grade Discussions During Trump’s First 100 Days
When I reflect on Donald Trump’s first 100 days I think back to May of 2016. At the time I wrote that teachers had a moral obligation to stand up to Donald Trump’s rhetoric. I did not write this as a Democrat or because of any other partisan or political affiliations. I wrote this because … More Trump’s First 100 Days in My Classroom
“I chose Crossing Bok Chitto to #TeachResistance because it shares with students the story of two different oppressed groups coming together to resist the cruelty of slavery.“ –Trilce M., 4th grade teacher in Manhattan
The #TeachResistance Toolkit is a series of lesson plans, tips for implementation, and additional resources for elementary educators that focus on the theme of young people resisting injustice.
“I’m using Poet to #TeachResistance because it shows students one way enslaved people fought back against the inhumanity of slavery, and because the arts are an integral part of resisting injustice.” –Ruben B., 4th grade teacher in NYC