This post/letter is dedicated to the Class of 2018.
Keeping with a tradition I set last year, I wrote and dedicate this letter to the Class of 2018
Dear Class of 2018,
As you (my seniors) know, I am a second-year teacher. You are the second group of seniors I graduated. Like last year’s class, your group holds a very special place in my teaching career and my heart. I made a much strong effort to build community and have more personal conversations with each and everyone of you, which largely motivated the community circles and the personal interviews I had with each of you.
I apologize that this site hasn't been active the entire school year. I thought Year 2 would free up some time to write and reflect. Instead, I made the conscious choice of doubling to even tripling my responsibilities, making Year 2 even busier than Year 1. I'll be reflecting on Years 1 & 2 over this summer while I give this site a facelift.
*This post was originally a response to a post from The Civic Educator*
Brian at The Civic Educator posted in this Facebook group I moderate, asking about our thoughts on testing in civics education (and to me, the social sciences & history by extension). This is something I feel very strongly about so I decided to share my response on that post here.
I apologize for the long hiatus. By the time I had this site up and running, the school year ended and I went out of the country for a month to attend two weddings in East Asia. I took the opportunity to do quite a bit of travel around South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. I will probably write about those down the line. You can check them out in the "Travel + Life" section (if I ever get to it). I thought I would've had plenty of time to blog while traveling, but that wasn't the case.
This post/letter is dedicated to the Class of 2017.
Dear Class of 2017,
As you (my seniors) know, I am a first-year teacher. Your class occupies a lot of “firsts” in my career and life. You are my first group of students (at least as a paid teacher) and the first class of seniors I am graduating. As such, you hold a very special place in my teaching career and my heart.
Before I start sharing my teacher stories and reflections, I should preface all of them with how I became a teacher in the first place. As long as I can remember, I never wanted to work in an office environment/cubicle farm. My plans after high school was to eventually become a high school history teacher. College came and my dreams ran wild. I wanted to become all kinds of things: Foreign Service, academic, hermit, etc. Becoming a public school teacher became too small of a dream to pursue and I brushed it aside.
I'm Jace, a high school social science teacher with a strong passion for social justice and public education issues. Current education interests are critical pedagogy, culturally relevant pedagogy, social-emotional learning, and blended learning. Outside of the classroom, I am a travel enthusiast who loves to learn about how different people & cultures interact with each other in our society.