Karla Hilliard

This year, I’m giving my students a clean slate.

It is so tempting to center ourselves in our work as teachers. It makes sense why this might happen. As an old friend of mine says, “We make the work, we do the work, we grade the work.” We stay in our own classrooms, or now, as COVID may have it, behind our own screens, as our students rotate in and out, traversing a broader educational landscape and navigating the complexities of their lives beyond school. I’m sometimes guilty of thinking...

By karlahilliard, ago
advocacy

An Elegy for a School Year in Three Parts

An elegy moves from grief to praise of the idealized dead to solace. This elegy for 2019-2020 reminds us that school is about teaching younger humans to be better humans, and in the process, becoming better humans ourselves. Here’s a call to look for what can lead you forward.

By fisheradrin, ago