The last one! I didn't think it was possible, but I am almost out of things to write and say! This class has taught me so much and validated so much I am already doing. I am excited for the fall and scared all at the same time (FYI, I still get butterflies at the beginning of each school year!). I am planning on using the monologues activity with Invisible Man and Montana 1948. Critical lenses will be something else I will tackle for the first time in my teaching. While I think my district has a good start on using multicultural lit in our curriculum, I am already thinking about what new novels we can add to our list and what one's we should drop. I am also thinking of better ways to incorporate discussion in my classroom. Discussion is really something I am always working to make better. Aside from theoretical concepts, I have also been reminded of some great summarization and critical thinking strategies that I can use in my classroom: save the last word activity, one sentence summaries, tableaus, interviewing and hotseating to name a few.
So many ideas swirling in my head, but I liked the quote at the end of the Pirie article about taking small and purposeful steps towards making a more culturally relevant classroom. Again, teaching is such a complex occupation. I look back on my first years of teaching and it was all about surviving the year. Now that I am about to enter the second decade of my career, I feel I am hitting my stride and enjoy finding ways to fine tune my craft. What I love about teaching is that is ever changing in terms of the fresh ideas I get from fellow teachers, but steadfast in our purpose: to educate our students to be compassionate and empathizing global citizens who are willing to climb into the skins of other's and walk around in it for a while.