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Posted July 7, 2017

Here’s What a Win in My Classroom Looks Like and It’s Not What You Think

Malia had failed my ninth-grade English class for three consecutive quarters. She hadn’t come close to passing once. It wasn’t for lack…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted May 15, 2017

Every Teacher Tried to Get Him on Track But Only This Student Knew Exactly What He Needed

During the first seven months of this school year, I struggled to find a way to motivate a ninth-grade student…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017

Our Political Leaders Might Be Sleep But My Students Are Woke

Leaders within our new administration seem to be embracing a revisionist narrative of our country’s tortured history with race that…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 30, 2017

Here’s Why a Trump and DeVos Future Looms Heavily in My Classroom Every Day

In the days following November’s presidential election, my students shared with me—in conversations and in writing—their fears about our current…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 30, 2017

I’m Trying to Be an Ally to My Black and Brown Students

When I interviewed for my current job teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English in the Minneapolis Public Schools, I was asked…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

Because I Was Successful at Everything Else I Thought I Would Be Good at Teaching, Too. I Was Wrong.

In October of my first year of teaching, my wife sent me a blog post written by Tom Rademacher, the…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

My Students Have Already Fought Endless Battles to Survive Before They Even Set Foot in School

Earlier this year, my first year of teaching ninth- and 10th-grade English, I taught a graphic novel called “Yummy: The…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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