Tagged Classroom Challenges

How (Not) To Teach Gender

By Jude Dry I am nine years old and about to audition for Tom Sawyer.  I’m at a semi-professional children’s theater in Palo Alto, California, where my family is living for the year as part of my father’s sabbatical. There are two lines: boys and girls. Tom and Becky. I’m preparing to read for Tom….

Writing Our Way Through the Door

By Vanessa Mártir This essay was first published on Vanessa Mártir’s  blog, Digging Into Memory. It was a hard teaching week. High school students can be so callous, and I’m a hard teacher who demands a lot from my kids and sometimes that causes problems. But know this: I am here, working with this demographic, because…

Creating Inclusive Classrooms

By Lissa Piercy The summer before my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with ADHD. My executive function struggles made certain classroom experiences particularly challenging. While I loved learning and was quick to have an answer for the teacher’s questions, I was constantly being told that I was “too talkative,” had too many…

Ruby: On Not Editing Children

by Barbara Feinberg From: Teachers & Writers Magazine (2011, Vol. 42, No. 4) Download: Ruby: On Not Editing Children One day, many years ago, when she was about nine, my daughter proudly handed me a story she’d written. She liked to write, and was in the habit of scribbling down stories, or parts of stories. She had…