In preparation for the fourth and final part of our book talk, I asked participants to reflect on one or more questions from a list and send me their thoughts in writing. I took all the reflections and plugged them into wordle.net, to synthesize major themes, and was intrigued that the top word by far was "beliefs", closely followed by "students" and "think".
Equal to "students", though, and only slightly smaller than "beliefs", was the word "think"!!
In these politically heated times, where our beliefs drive not only our instructional decisions but also the decisions of the families of the students we teach, we need to keep a cool head, and THINK about what we are doing and why it makes sense for our kids and our society.
I am looking forward to sharing our final equity session together tomorrow at lunch.