Christopher Mah

Posted Mar. 20, 2018

School Districts Just Like Mine Are Balancing Budgets on the Backs of Kids

At 10:00 a.m. last Wednesday, students and educators across the country—including those at the school in which I teach—walked out of their buildings and observed…

By Christopher Mah

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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 of ability; her writing was…

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 whom I’ll call Ameer. Ameer…

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 is at best uninformed, and…

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 this question: How would I…

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 2014 Minnesota Teacher of 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 Last Days of a Southside…

By Christopher Mah

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Posted May 7, 2021

Since Critical Race Theory Is Being Called ‘Indoctrination,’ Let’s Go There

I wanna have a heart to heart with my Black people real quick. Last week I found out Idaho passed a bill to ban the…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted May 10, 2021

You’d Think We Would Stop Paddling Kids in School but You’d Be Wrong

The state has our hands tied. Kids are disrespectful and defiant. There’s absolutely nothing we can do to punish them that bothers them except spank…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted May 10, 2021

The Pandemic Windfall Must Support Students’ Mental Health, Too

This fall, most students will return to school full time. But the kids are not alright.  Students’ return to the classroom comes after more than…

By Brandon Lewis

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