I had an interesting racialized moment in class yesterday. One of the students, Benjamin, figured out that everyone in class had brown eyes except me. I have green eyes. He asked me why. How does one answer that question? I flippantly told him I was magic, without thinking about the implications of the answer. I lost a teachable moment. He asked me to magic his eyes, and make them green too.
Teaching the children with Teach Baton Rouge this month was fun. I am not weathering this transition as very well though. When I first started teaching college, before learning about feminist and critical pedagogy. I was terrible. Now, I feel similarly ungrounded and uncomfortable. It will take time
So far I haven’t learned much new in TBR’s summer institute, except for technical jargon. The good teaching from planning to delivery is exactly the same for professors – in theory. The difficulty, predictably, is translating these aspects for a 6-8 year old audience. The technical aspect of this job, writing lesson plans to the nth degree, is a challenge. Hopefully this will become more natural.
Tomorrow is the last day of summer school. This month in the TBR Summer Institute has been intense and intensive.