Middle School Mafia

When I subbed a Middle School Theater Arts class recently, the students played an improv game called “Mafia.” Improvisation is the the ability to take existing pieces and put them together in a new combination for a purpose. Improvisation teaches students how to make decisions quickly, how to keep calm in a fast and emotionalContinue reading “Middle School Mafia”

Civil Rights Class Week 5

More than 1,700 people who served in the U.S. Congress in the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries owned human beings at some point in their lives, according to a Washington Post investigation of censuses and other historical records. When Congress voted on the 1820 Missouri Compromise, which prohibited the expansion of slavery in theContinue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 5”

Civil Rights Class week 4

“Our system isn’t broken — it’s designed to do what it’s doing: produce measurable inequity.” [Gary Chambers, a candidate for the US Senate representing Louisiana, in his latest campaign video, “Scars and Bars,” in which he discusses the cruel and destructive legacy of the Confederacy and burns a Confederate flag] I am the American heartbreak—Continue reading “Civil Rights Class week 4”

Civil Rights Class Week 2

Click Link below to play graphic. https://www.usatoday.com/pages/interactives/1619-african-slavery-history-maps-routes-interactive-graphic/ Homework 1: Monday 31 Read 1664-1669 The Virginia Law on Baptism by Jemar Tisby Notes from reading: Black people remain the most Christian demographic in the United States yet Christianity is the “white man’s religion.” White Christians deliberately used religion to strengthen a racial caste system. 1667 VirginiaContinue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 2”

Civil Rights Class Week 1

As part of my personal growth in 2022, I am taking a civil rights class at the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. The “Civil Rights Movement” refers to efforts toward achieving true equality for African Americans in all facets of society, but today the term “civil rights” is also used to describe the advancement ofContinue reading “Civil Rights Class Week 1”

Teaching as a Subversive Activity

The first term this year at The Rivers School, I was fortunate to share an office with four middle school educators. One teaches math to reluctant 7th graders. Three teach 8th grade humanities. All had a wealth of interesting books on their desks. Eighth-grade humanities called “Systems of Justice and Injustice,” is an interdisciplinary courseContinue reading “Teaching as a Subversive Activity”