YTC Reflection Guide

Reflection comes in many forms, including but not limited to classroom stories, free-verse poetry, movement updates, visual art, activist interviews, pedagogical narratives, statistical analyses, learner portraits, flash memoirs, how-to articles, photo essays, open letters, children’s stories, research summaries, lesson plans, and more. If you would like guidance with your reflection, consider these lenses and prompts adapted from The Reflective Educator’s Guide to Classroom Research.

Black Queens

By: Evan Taylor They don’t wanna see me love you They don’t wanna see me love you They don’t wanna see me love you They don’t wanna see me love you || Kanye West || FML || Black women and girls were grandmasters even before chess was invented They have always sacrificed everything to save…

Teaching and Social Work

By: Daniel Bergerson People bring their fights to the community center because they can count on the social workers  there. Sahra was fighting to keep her three-bedroom apartment after a Section 8 reform forced her family into one bedroom so that her 70-year-old mother with dementia would not keep her teenage son awake at night.…

Teacher Troublemaker

By: Evan Taylor “Here comes the troublemaker…” “You are like a little Mandela…” “You are too militant…” “You definitely are a little edgy [in reference to my fashion]” “Your teaching style is…unorthodox…” “Is that a Hawaiian shirt you are wearing in December…” “You are not raising hell, you are bringing Heaven to humanity…” “Teachers can…

You’re More Than a Math Student, You’re a Person

By: Shane Capps I can remember my very first week in the classroom at my school. “How old are you? Do you play basketball? How tall are you?” All innocent questions. All coming from my new students — wondering who this young guy was that would be teaching them through the end of the school year.…

Building Community Through Student Teaching

As many of us pre-service teachers head back to school over the next few weeks, heading back into the classroom is also on the agenda. For some pre-service teachers it will be their first practicum or field placement; others will find themselves in their full semester of student teaching. Many posts that discuss student teaching…