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: 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

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

The Joy for Teaching Will Not Be on Social Media

The Joy for Teaching Will Not Be on Social Media You will not be able to stay home, sisters and brothers. You will not be able to tweet, text  and earn a badge. You will not be able to lose yourself in the latest deeds by the latest pop star, Because the joy for teaching … Continue reading

Something to think about. The “Bad” Parents.

    I understand some people out there think there are “bad” parents. I understand that. I can understand that perspective, but if you’re a teacher and you think this way I want you for one second to think differently. Think about what a bad parent is and who defines it? Does a “bad” parent … Continue reading

Neuroatypical Haiku

I do understand It’s differently than you But I understand you -by Mrs F Please make an effort to understand those who think differently than you.

“Bad” is about perspective. Positive Behavior Supports

I’m going to take a bit of time to talk  about my slice of the world of education, special education. More specifically I teach children with autism.  Occasionally people will see one of my students having a challenging moment during a transition time while we’re out in the community and they may think, “That kid … Continue reading

What if….

What if…. What if my students don’t like me? Teach your students and they will. What if I have 50 kids in my class? Teach your students. What if I don’t understand my students’ culture? Teach your students and you will. What if my principal doesn’t like me? Teach your students and it won’t matter. … Continue reading