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

Diversity in Our Classrooms, Schools, Communities, and Homes

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

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

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

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