Skip to main content

Posts

Featured

Jewish Wisdom for Teachers

And Everyone Fighting for a Better World I am very tired. I am "the honeymoon period is long past over, and I'm counting the days to winter break" tired. I am "it's day 12 of a persistent cold" tired. I am tired from the work of teaching. I am tired from the weight of current events.

As a teacher serving kids of color in a systemically and historically marginalized community, I don't feel good about being tired. As a whiter person trying to fight against systems of oppression I feel embarrassed to say I'm tired. Do I get to be tired? If I'm tired, what about the kids and families I serve? What about the friends and loved ones who experience racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia...

This humility and empathy is essential. And so is an understanding that emotional and/or physical fatigue are not moral failures. I am allowed to be tired. I am allowing myself to be tired, and forgiving with myself, because my Jewish tradition teaches me to do th…

Latest Posts

The First 30 Days

Breaking Away from White Solidarity

Rethinking the First Day of School

End of Year Goodbyes

It's Time to Teach Resistance

Three Lessons from Dolores Huerta

The Books That Shaped My School Year

A Year of Experts in the Classroom

Quick Thursday Thoughts

Making the Final School Days Count