OVERVIEW 6 | LISTEN TO THEM, VALIDATE THEM…

Reading | The New Teacher BookFinding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. pp. 189-206

  • Inclusivity Is Not a Guessing Game  By Chelsea Vaught
  • “I Believe You”  Responsive teacher talk and our children’s lives  By Michelle Strater Gunderson
  • On Behalf of Their Name : Using they/them pronouns because they need us to  By Mykhiel Deych

Inclusivity Is Not a Guessing Game  By Chelsea Vaught

Through all lessons and subjects, our students’ lives and the politics surrounding their identities are always present. As essential as it is to create inclusive spaces for students to simply be, we should also aim to create opportunities to incorporate their culture and religion into projects and lessons.

My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Bacher and a former colleague, Dr. Hershey


“I Believe You”  Responsive teacher talk and our children’s lives  By Michelle Strater Gunderson

Let’s have circle time and read to each other from Mae Among the Stars by Rhoda Ahmed

We talked about the need to validate children’s experiences and feelings…You can always tell someone you hear them, but believing someone is whole different story. It is the investment in the truth of the child’s life


On Behalf of Their Name : Using they/them pronouns because they need us to  By Mykhiel Deych

Everything in our society is binary, it’s not just gender. But when you don’t fit into that binary, take a step back and you’re like, but what about me? And it’s just — it feels like — there’s not a place for me in this society