Calendar #2sirchat

Calendar of Upcoming #2sirchat July 24: Special Education July 31: Language- Spanish, Creole, Spanglish, Tepehua, Mandarin, Ebonics, accents, standard English and all the different ways we communicate. August 7: Nationalism- a look at immigration & nationalism in economically oppressed rural and urban communities. August 14: Religion- a (?) teacher in a majority Christian public school. … Continue reading

Urban, Low SES & Black Male – The single story of African-American & Latino kids in US schools.

I teach in a school in a part of town that many people call “urban”. I teach in class setting that many people call “special education”. Most people don’t know these things about me. They just  know I am a teacher. They often assume that it is in suburbia and that my students are typical … Continue reading

#2sirchat: Gender

Today on #2sirchat we talked about the issue of gender in economically oppressed classrooms. Our topic spanned from girl achievement, to lgbt students, to sexism in ed, and single moms. It was a wild ride, with lots of resources. Hope you enjoy this Storify of #2sirchat. “ RT @HappyTeacherLA: Gender includes (girls, feminism, woman tchrs, … Continue reading

"Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You"

#2sirchat: What is diversity?

On July 2nd LA had it’s first 2sir LA teacher potluck on July 3rd we had our first chat. The topic was: what is diversity in the classroom “ The 1st #2sirchat begins at 4pm pacific. Topic: What is diversity & why it should matter to you as a classroom teacher? HappyTeacherLA July 3, … Continue reading

"Do unto Others as You Would Have Them Do unto You"

Diversity in Our Classrooms, Schools, Communities, and Homes

This Sunday at 4pm Pacific time we will be the first #2sirchat on Twitter. Email me if you want to participate and aren’t sure how. During this chat we want to discuss what is diversity to us, what do we think diversity is to our students, and how do we use those definitions to empower … Continue reading

#2sirchat: New education chat on Twitter

#2sirchat is a new chat on Twitter about teaching in economically oppressed communities. The name was chosen to honor the 1967 film “To Sir, With Love” and all the school teachers who believe a fair and equitable society is possible. #2sirchat is a conversation for school teachers in inner cities, rural towns, reservations, exburbs, or … Continue reading


You need to sit down. You need to sit down and be-quiet. I am teaching. You need to sit down, be-quiet, and watch me. I am teaching. No. No. No! No !! I am teaching. Follow the rules. Go faster. Follow these new rules. I am teaching. Be-quiet. Be more quiet. Be silent. Stop tapping … Continue reading

I teach differently.

I rarely describe myself as a special education teacher. I do not describe my students as special education students. I am a teacher who teaches differently. My students have autism. My students are children who think differently. This is what I believe. It is not a nice way of putting something unpleasant. I find nothing … Continue reading

Yelling at a Child to Stop Yelling is Inappropriate, even in the Inner City

In college I applied for a job in South Central Los Angeles as an educational coordinator (tutor) I was asked during the interview did I know how to handle kids. I answered, “Of course I do.” I explained that I was going to school to be a teacher and that I would have lesson plans … Continue reading

The School Uniform should be an Instrument to Celebrate Differences.

In many schools in America and particularly in the inner city there are school uniforms.  I do not have a problem with school uniforms. In America there is too much of a focus on brands and status. In America there is too much of a celebration in “individual” sameness.  Instilling in children that the most … Continue reading