Another Teacher Calls Students the N-Word

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Jamaican students advised the teacher they were not African-American, and the substitute referred to them as the N-word, repeatedly. Please read the story HERE. The teacher ADMITTED to her actions! I hope my followers care enough to email the District Superintendent and call the school principal to voice your objection to merely not having her return to that particular school. She should be FIRED.

  • Superintendent: Dr. William R. Shields - shieldw@ccsd93.com
  • Principal: Mr. Peter LaChance - (630) 588-5200

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behinddoornumbertwo said:

A question for Sandhya. I'm a senior journalism major, about to start looking for jobs. When I read about your unique position at WaPo, I thought it sounded like exactly what I wanted to do! How might I create such a position for myself, or do you think other publications would be open to hiring a social change reporter? Any advice for young aspiring journalists?

It’s a really great job! I am having a lot of fun.

People really care about the issues I write about, so in the current journalism environment I think there is a lot of demand for the sorts of stories I write.

But honestly, my beat could be split into a thousand beats. You could have a reporter covering just race, or only LGBT issues. At the same time, a lot of publications might not have such a beat. As you look for jobs, I’d urge you to look at a lot of different beats and think about how they can intersect with these issues that people care so deeply about.

OMG THIS IS APPALLING!! These poor students :’(

Eighth graders Mea Thompson and Zaria Daniel told WMAQthat they were working in a Social Studies group with two other students at Jay Stream Middle School last Wednesday when the substitute teacher referred to them as “African-American.”

“All four of us that were sitting there got offended because none of us are from Africa,” Thompson recalled. I’m Jamaican. So we said, ‘Can you please not call us that?’”

“She continued to call us that and said, ‘It’s the politically correct term.’ Then she said, ‘Well, back then you guys would be considered the N-word.”

Thompson and Daniel said they were almost moved to tears by the teacher’s words.

“We were so shocked and we were like, ‘What? Excuse me?’” Thompson replied. “She was like, ‘Well, back then that’s what African-Americans were called.’”

The students said that the teacher continued to use the N-word throughout the 80-minute class period. They said that she also referred to them as slaves. One student reportedly left the room crying.

The school district confirmed to WMAQ on Tuesday that the substitute teacher had been interviewed, and that she had corroborated the students’ version of events. A spokesperson for the district told the station that woman would not be asked to work at the school again.

Thompson’s mother, Shayna, planned to go to the Carol Stream Police Department on Tuesday to file a report, and to find out if the teacher could be charged with disorderly conduct or a hate crime.

“After the shock and hurt, I’m angry,” she said. “It’s a new world, and the people of the past that still hang onto hatred and bigotry don’t belong in this world anymore.”

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How I plan and organize a research paper!

Whenever I have a big paper (those 5 or more pages requiring many sources) I do it in step, keeping everything in a folder.

Folder

Any folder will work. I didn’t have any two pocket folders (those work best) so I just grabbed a manilla folder and washi tape. I’m more apt to do something if it looks cute, haha. The folder is just to hold everything, so I know when I throw it in my backpack in the morning, I have everything I need to work on it during breaks on campus. 

To-Do List

At the beginning of the folder, I make a quick today list, or the process in which I want to start gathering materials and information. I state my topic here and a brief description of the the requirements so I can refer back to it. I make a list of the order I want to do things, i.e find summaries, find critical articles, pick out quotes from play/sources, do citations, make brief outline.

Index Cards

The index cards are used in different ways. I make one for each source I use and go ahead and make the MLA citation. I hate doing it, so I get it out of the way first. When I find a quote I want to use, I highlight it in the article and then I jot it down on an index card and label it with its source. It is so much easier than thumbing through 40 pages of articles looking for one quote you highlighted and wanted to use in a specific section. This is not for everyone, and I haven’t always used this method. Big papers, however, are harder for me to keep organized, so for this assignment they will be more helpful than time consuming. I just clip them to the folder

"DashBoard"

I create a little dashboard to the side using post its to track my progress and plan out what I need to do on certain nights to finish in a timely manner. I love this because everything is in the same place. I don’t have to have my planner, notebook, and book out. It’s all there.

Articles

I print my articles, staple them, and put then in the folder. There’s not really a system to this, they are just nice to always have on hand and not in electronic copy. I do not think having only a .pdf file will help. It is too easily lost and they are a pain to annotate. Also, I keep 2 copies of an outline in here. 2 just seems like a good number.

Rough Draft, Final Draft

When I finish writing the paper, I put a copy in the folder to proofread. I like to make my corrections on paper and go back, so I do not lose the original. Once everything is done, I also put a copy of the final in the folder and file it away. I hoard everything.

GREAT FOR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS

High school students typically have to write their first thorough research paper by junior year. This is a good way to keep them organized and to make sure they have everything. If they turn in a folder this extensive, you can follow their thought process and better help them to improve on the next. It’s easy to use this method to show them the step by step process of writing a research paper.

Any questions, just ask!

Doodling: A Teacher’s Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning

For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads. What are your students doing out there? Are they texting beneath the desk, despite repeated threats of phone confiscation? Are they scribbling notes to friends? Are they doodling silly animated books with teeth chasing your lecture notes off the page?

If the answer is the latter, you might not want to despair just yet. Despite centuries of teaching otherwise, researchers and thought leaders alike are increasingly rebranding doodling as a source of creativity, engagement, and yes, even keeping students on task. It’s something Sunni Brown, author of the book The Doodle Revolution, articulates well in her 2012 TED Talk, which emphasizes the importance of looking at doodling as something to embrace rather than shame.

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"Here’s the thing: I lose sleep because of you. Every week.

Before I tell you why, you should understand the truth about school. You see, the main event of school is not academic learning. It never has been. It never will be. And, if you find someone who is passionate in claiming that it is about academics, that person is lying to himself or herself and may genuinely believe that lie. Yes, algebra, essay writing, Spanish, the judicial process — all are important and worth knowing. But they are not the MAIN event.

The main event is learning how to deal with the harshness of life when it gets difficult — how to overcome problems as simple as a forgotten locker combination, to obnoxious peers, to gossip, to people doubting you, to asking for help in the face of self-doubt, to pushing yourself to concentrate when a million other thoughts and temptations are fingertips away.

It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. Because, mark my words, school is not the most challenging time you will have in life. You will face far greater challenges than these. Sure, you will have times more amazing than you can imagine, but you will also confront incomparable tragedy, frustration, and fear in the years to come.

But, you shouldn’t be worried about the fact that you will face great adversities. You should be worried because you’re setting yourself up to fail at overcoming them. Here’s the real reason I lose hours of sleep worrying about you: You are failing the main event of school. You are quitting. You may not think you are quitting, but you are because quitting wears many masks.

For some, you quit by throwing the day away and not even trying to write a sentence or a fraction because you think it doesn’t matter or you can’t or there’s no point. But it does. What you write is not the main event. The fact that you do take charge of your own fear and doubt in order to write when you are challenged — THAT is the main event.”

— 

From “What Students Need to Hear” by teacher Chase Mielke

Read the whole essay. You’ll be glad you did. 

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