By Felicia Darling
Author of Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves That Break Down Barriers for Community College Students
This article was originally published as an Innovation Abstracts, Volume XLII, No. 25, July Read More
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By Joan Thormann and Isa Zimmerman, authors, The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Designing and Teaching Online Courses
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Many White teachers, like us, enter the field enamored of characters like Huck for what they allow us to feel as White people, especially in relation to people of color: heroic, on the right side of history, doing our part to combat racism through our teaching of literature. This is partly why so many of us reach for a text like Huckleberry Finn when we think about how it is that we (think) we address racism through our literature instruction. It feels good to “join” Huck in his decision to help Jim. And pointing out this decision through our teaching feels like we are doing work towards antiracist ends.
Professional development should be done by teachers, not done to them. It works best when it comes from the inside out, not from the top down. This idea is not new, and it is well-supported in research. However, teachers’ professional development is often provided, rather than supported. Why is this?