Part 1- Summaries

Teaching in the Undertow, pg. 43:

            This story describes certain situations every new teacher will encounter. It discusses the many faults and ways that teachers can lose their ability to focus on the main reason why they are there. Teachers will be caught by temptation of using excuses and fall into the group of negativity. Every teacher will encounter struggles of how to engage a classroom properly with different use of technology and instruments. The main purpose of this story was to prove that not every day will go according to plan. There will be good days where a teacher should celebrate the little things and sets of accomplishments. Then there will be the bad days where you feel the undertow is pulling against you. Just like the other states the moral of the story, you just have to go with the current until it gets better. The more you struggle and worry about the negative, the less you will discover the positive in your classroom.

How Jury Duty Saved My Career, pg. 53:

            This story is about a teacher who had her year planned for Grade 2s and all of sudden was reassigned to a different grade without a great notice. She was overwhelmed with the school year and how it was not going as she used to picture it. She began hating her job, crying everyday, and resulted in thoughts about quitting. She than was given this jury duty and all of a sudden had time away from the classroom to relieve some stress. She used this time to look back on the things she was not doing, which most importantly was not taking care of herself. As soon as this teacher prioritized, she learnt a life lesson of to never give up. When the going gets tough, the tough will eventually get going.

What can I do when a student makes a sexist or racist remark? pg. 93:

            The moral of the story is to understand that your response to these remarks effects not only the person who said it, but the people who are affected around the room. Making sure the class is then open for discussion and stating your beliefs about the comments can help to minimize and further erase these remarks.

Framing the Family Tree, pg. 95:

            This story is about recognizing diversity in the classroom. Not assuming every family was brought up the same way or even have a stable family. This is where it is important as teachers to understand each student’s family background so we could refrain from hurting those minority of students.

Heather’s Mom Got Married, pg. 103:

            This story explains the importance of how to teach an inclusive class whether its race or sexuality. It goes to show that when a school displays they are open and welcome all different families and backgrounds that the students and families feel safe at this school. The story discusses little side stories of how if kids are raised to be open to diversity, then we are making progress with society and acceptableness.

Out Front, pg. 111:

            This story lays out the importance of how not only should students feel accepted for who they are whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; but teachers should also feel accepted to display who they believe their gender identity is. Students need role models and it is important to have teachers who are of diversity and of the minority to be available for those who are struggling with life decisions amongst sexuality.

Curriculum is Everything That Happens, pg. 163:

            Curriculum is unplanned and everything that could and will most likely happen. It is triggered by the students and their attitudes. Teaching curriculum is not just from the text book, but the hidden curriculum is what most teachers forget about.

Working Effectively with English Language Learners, pg. 183:

            This story is about how classrooms are becoming more diverse with culture and adjusting to teaching students who have already acquired a first language. Teachers are discussing different strategies of how to improve their instruction for English language learners. There is more discussion of how teachers can become more culturally competent, such as learning about different cultures and implementing it into your class.

Teaching Controversial Content, pg. 199:

            This story discusses about the idea of getting into trouble for discussing racial and social justice content. The moral of the story is to take risks, but do it in a way where students are critically thinking about history and the world. For example, Black History was one of her unit plans and she was taking a risk by teaching it, however, she was pleased with the outcomes the students accomplished and understood. Teachers are going to face challenges and doubts of what should be allowed and should not be. The true statement in the story is to do your job in a socially accepting way of all.  This story is about inclusiveness during the holidays. Not all teachers are aware of the social norm that we have become so used to. Our society is growing with different cultures and backgrounds and the teacher in the book finds a way to make sure all students are feeling included during the holidays and special occasions. Being aware as a teacher of what we are celebrating is the moral of the story and to make sure we are socially accepting of others belief systems. 

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