May 14 2014

Are You Ready?

One thing I’m really good at is talking to white teachers (who are ready) about how to interrupt white supremacy in the classroom. Obviously this matters to me, because I’m over and done with the criminalization of black and brown kids (and adults) and I’d like to see the end of the school to prison pipeline closed, like, uh, yesterday. I get lots of requests and emails asking this very crucial question from white teachers?
Am I ready?
Let me just answer that question right here:
1. Are you ready to get your feelings hurt?
Because they are going to get hurt a lot. You are going to feel bad and guilty and sad. You are going to feel personally attacked and victimized. You’re going to have to get over it though, because it’s part of the process. Surely you don’t want your hurt feelings getting in the way of undoing all the harm…

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May 07 2014

Learning is cool tho

I’m sure you know about about MIT offering a good chunk of it’s courses online for free right here. This summer, in addition to writing the best math curriculum ever and building an app to go with it, I plan to take courses on Single Variable Calculus (to put my head in the place of…

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It’s the end of the year and hopefully your classroom feels like a family. If it doesn’t (or it feels like a family who has spent a little to much time together) then go back to the basics and try these steps: Make connections: When I learned a particular student’s name was shared with a…

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Apr 08 2014

On Teaching Black

Note: this post is teaching black, not teaching while black. That’s another whole thing that we’ll talk about later. This post is about teaching in a way consistent with black cultural codes (don’t be racist, I’m talking about the things that are awesome about black culture, because there isn’t a single problem with the black…

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Hey TeachForUs, Just wanted to let you know about the free financial aid one-on-one consultations my organization, The Hip Hop Education Project, is offering to high school seniors trying to interpret their financial aid packages. Please let any high school teachers / students / parents you know that this is completely free and all students…

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Apr 02 2014

The Engagement Diaries

It’s super important to teach kids your values (not because they don’t come in with values of their own, but because it’s important for them to understand why your classroom is structured as it is). Okay so you’re putting values on the table right? You can only enact those values when your classroom is structured around those…

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Mar 19 2014

The World is Yours

Hey Teachforus – I’m starting a critical hip-hop pedagogy reading group. I’m really interested in engaging teachers, former teahcers and soon-to-be teachers. Everything I do is fun fun fun, so if you’re in the Bay Area and even a little interested, please be so kind as to fill out this google doc (it’ll take you…

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Feb 27 2014

Sorry #ResistTFA

Listen, if you knew me 3 years ago, every other word out of my mouth was a critique of TFA. I still have a few left over and at this point they’re awesome. However, I’d like to share a thing I appreciate about TFA after teaching in a very non-TFA school that works with low-income…

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Jan 30 2014

Rocket

by Beyonce I’m working on this curriculum (hint it has to do with Beyonce) and I’m thinking a lot about innovation. I’m also thinking about interrupting. Before I joined TFA I did anti-violence work including trying to keep kids away from commercial sex trafficking. One of my 75 million projects is to develop this anti-trafficking…

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Dec 15 2013

Just a Moment

by Nas Let us all have a Beyonce moment. Let us all drop something unexpectedly beautiful on the world. Let us create and create and create and share about our loves and our loses. Let’s love and honor our bodies, let’s push ourselves to understand how powerful women are. Let’s do something different, something people…

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