This week we are featuring an audio clip from Vincent who talks about the importance of allyship in educational settings. Vincent eloquently articulates the importance of listening to students and their needs as a way for teachers can support their students as allies. Vincent argues that teachers who help move the barriers and obstacles that queer and trans students encounter in schools, can ultimately help each student chose their own path on their journey of self-discovery. (Yasmin Owis)
This week, I chose to highlight Ruby and Wendy's clip on family. They discuss the dynamics involved in navigating school as an LGBTQ family. Ruby talks about how she explains her family structure to her peers and about the moments she chooses not to engage in discussions about her alternative family (Edil Ga'al).
In this video, Catherine and Nazbah talk about the idea of “sitting with uncertainty” in teaching and how it’s important to inhabit that space as teachers because it keeps us present in the work of thinking critically about what and how we teach. Nazbah says it’s important for educators to reflect continually reflect on their own positionalities, politics, as well as their strengths and limitations as teachers. Critical reflection invites teachers to consider a range of possibilities for learning—for both students and teachers—and the impacts of teaching methods on students. Nazbah also suggests that critical thinking skills should be taught at all grade levels, and that drawing on community members to teach certain parts of the curriculum would be an excellent way to bring diverse perspectives and stories into classrooms. (Kate Reid)