This mix was created with care and creativity, inspired by the events that unfolded from Dec 26 to Dec 28 in Moline, IL and Rock Island. It is meaningful to me and (hopefully) to all QC friends that I hung out with after Christmas 2011. That means you, Jeremy, Steve, Ian, Sarah, Kasey, Lora, etc.
You can listen to the whole playlist at once in order (as it was meant to be heard) on YouTube here:
Or, do your thing and pick & choose by clicking on each song.
It’s the holiday season once again, and that means for teachers and school workers that they finally get to enjoy a much-deserved break. With that in mind, and with all of my friends and family who are educators in mind, I am posting this interview from my undergrad experience at UW-Madison’s School of Ed. I just found it today browsing through my iTunes, and I forgot that I had this mp3.
In Spring of 2009 during our first semester in the program, all of us student-teachers in “the cohort” were instructed to approach a diverse community different than ourselves, be it racially different or different by any of the other traits that people form their identities with (gender, sexual orientation, income-level, etc). My colleague Catie Cedzo and I went to the East Madison Community Center to interview members of their African-American community. We asked them questions that would inform our teaching. Essentially we wanted to know things that would help us be better teachers for their children. What follows is our interview with a guy who we called “Rog” for Roger.
Teachers, enjoy your break! I hope you enjoy hearing this, and I hope it reminds you of all the tough questions you have to ask yourself when figuring out how to be the best teacher you can be for your present classroom and community. Never stop asking yourselves these questions! Inside and outside of the classroom, they will always make you a better person, citizen, and neighbor to these people. (Trust me! I haven’t started teaching still! And so, by the way, thank you if you are teaching! I respect you more than you’ll ever know. I’ve been there and know how incredibly challenging and exhausting it can be.)