A Piece For The NY Times

I submitted a piece to the New York Times Transgender Today Opinion pages. If you haven’t already take a look at the many stories that are shared there.

 

My piece is linked here: Alexander Walker 

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Transgender at school: As more teachers come out, districts struggle to put policy into practice

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Credit- The Oregonian

This story outlines some of the challenges that many of us have to think about as educators when coming out or being out about our trans status.

http://bit.ly/1VgTOmu

How To Create An Inclusive Classroom Tip 3

The Bathroom Pass 

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Do you remember the routine for going to the bathroom in elementary school? I sure do. It went a little something like this:

1. Raise your hand

2. Ask: May I use the bathroom?

3. If the answer was yes, walk up and grab the appropriate bathroom pass of which there were two options—-

Boys and Girls and many of them had a “gender accepted” color on them ranging in some sort of blue or pink.

My question is do we need to continue this practice? Sure, keep the bathroom pass it’s the responsibility of the teacher to know where students are. Let’s change the decision though.

Instead of having a pass with Boys and Girls written on them consider the following alternatives:

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April Guest Teacher Blog

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Meet Carrie Colpitts a good friend and fierce advocate for LGBTQ youth. Carrie is  a teacher, zine maker, and cat person.

As we work our way through April heading towards the end of the school year, consider thinking about how you can revamp your inclusion and awareness of LBTQ youth in your school.

The Power of Language, Visibility, and Advocacy

-Root your words and actions in kindness.

I use that phrase a lot, it’s always written above the board in my classroom and I say it as a gentle reminder to students.

Much of the work I do in making my classroom a safe space is done the first few days of school. The first minute, the first hour, the first day, the first week…those are extremely important times that set the tone in the classroom for the whole year. The first things on this list of ideas for making a welcoming classroom should be done on the very first days of school. Taking time to do these things will make the school year easier for every kid in your room who might need a little extra reassurance that you are committed to making a safe(r) space for them.

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