How do I learn to be an educator?
By reading the syllabus.
That’s exactly what I did this morning.
For the past three years, I have been a teacher in the city of New York, which is one of the largest urban areas in the US.
It’s the most diverse and progressive city in the country.
Its population is around 2.5 million, and the majority of the population is white, with some Latinos and African Americans.
My degree in public education is in the subject of how to teach, but I also teach in an environment that is overwhelmingly white.
That means there are a lot of white people in my classroom.
So when I first came here, my first job was teaching a class on race in the public schools.
Now I teach an eighth-grade class on gender and race.
In fact, that’s where my name came from.
It was an acronym for Gender & Race Inclusive Educators.
I was looking for a way to get my hands dirty.
My first semester I was on staff at an elementary school in Brooklyn.
I had no idea that the first year that I was there would be so difficult.
The teachers’ union, the Local 2200 of the United Teachers of New Jersey, wanted to know if I could work in a black school in the borough of Brooklyn.
So I started teaching at that school.
There are a number of ways that I can tell if someone is going to be receptive to teaching in a classroom with a large percentage of people of color.
For example, how many white teachers have you worked with?
I can count on one hand the number of white teachers I’ve ever had, and I’m not counting on two hands.
I don’t know the names of the teachers.
That’s also true of the school’s principal.
My last time I was teaching there was a month ago.
There were four teachers, one of whom was black, one was Asian, one Hispanic and one Native American.
So I have a very narrow window of time in my first year teaching at the school, and so I spent the first few weeks trying to get everyone comfortable.
I gave out handouts, and then I got a little more comfortable.
One of the problems I had was that most of the students are African American, which can be difficult.
They are often the first students to arrive at my school, so they are usually more focused on what they see, rather than what I’m teaching them.
A teacher from the Local 2060 of the New York State Teachers Union told me about a new initiative called Teach for America.
Teach for America is a program where teachers can apply for a spot on Teach for Americapedia.
It’s a program that’s created specifically for black teachers.
It is not a job that I would be interested in, because I don, by my own admission, haven’t taught anything.
I’m a white, male, middle-class, middle class white man who has never had a teacher who I would consider an asset.
I have no interest in teaching in that program.
So, for me, it’s a no-brainer that I’m on the right track.
It makes me feel good.
You’ve worked with a lot people of colour, and you know how they’re different.
How do you go about teaching them?
That’s one of my favorite parts of my job.
I get to teach students of color a lot, but mostly white students.
And I know the history of what it’s like to teach with different ethnic groups.
I think I can relate to the challenges they face.
If I teach with someone who has a different background, I’ll get to hear their thoughts and experiences.
That can be very helpful in terms of how I relate to them.
I would imagine that I might not always be able to relate to my students the way that I do.
They might not necessarily agree with me, and that’s okay.
I want to be able the teacher that I know that I have the potential to be.
But I also have to be the teacher who they want to listen to.
So it’s about having a safe space.
I can’t tell people that I want them to be afraid of me.
That just isn’t fair.
They don’t have to fear me.
They can be comfortable with me.
I will teach them what I know.
I’ll teach them about the history and culture of their community.
I won’t tell them anything.
And that’s what I do in my teaching: I show them the history, and what they can learn from it.
I ask them to trust me, to let me teach them, and not be afraid.
But you’ve also taught in the classroom of a lot more people of different backgrounds.
Why do you think that is?
I think because I have lived a lot and I’ve been to a lot.
I’ve learned so much from my experiences.
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