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On the pod this week:
We're joined by friend of the pod, Aiyeshia Wong, a teacher at Foundations College Prep in Chicago, to discuss the role of teachers as activists and the tricky dynamic of teaching students "controversial" things in the classroom. Are we obligated to shed light on issues that challenge deeply held beliefs in our communities? To expose our students to the political realities of daily life? To express our own beliefs about sensitive topics? Aiyeshia talks about how she approaches her role as an "activist" teacher in her classroom and helps us to pick apart the decisions that all educators need to navigate as they consider their roles.
Then, Aiyeshia sticks around to help us field some of your calls and questions. We hear from a veteran teacher who wants to stay on the cutting edge of instructional techniques in his classroom but is facing lots of complacency from his colleagues as he tries to get them to do the same thing. We also hear from a teacher who's got some real philosophical disagreements with his instructional coach and doesn't know how to continue working with her when they seem to so fundamentally disagree on what good instruction should look like.
We close out the episode hearing from several of our listeners responding to previous episodes. So let us know what you're thinking and make sure you give us a call with your comments, questions, stories, personal examples, rants, or raves about what we had to say on this week's episode: (312) 772-6126. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tweet at us @classdismissedu.
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