Teachers are not mental health professionals, and I desperately want to stay in my lane

I don’t think I’m the only one whose quarantine afforded me some epiphanies. Two of mine:

  • Time is an incredibly important resource to all of us as mortal beings, children included, and, ultimately, it’s just a made-up thing. …

Whatever else they might do, grades punish students who can’t, won’t, or for whatever reason, don’t comply with teachers’ instructions.

From 2014 to 2018, I worked with men incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison to develop and teach a GED prep class. Together, we wrote curriculum, co-taught lessons, and examined students’ work. Unlike my high school English classes, which the law requires students 16 and under to attend, our GED…

Writing this series of essays has taken me longer than anything else I’ve ever written because every time I sit down to write, I can hear all the rebuttals to my overarching thesis — that grades are stupid and dangerous, and teachers can and should abolish them. Grades encourage accountability…

I’m the fourth of five kids in my family, the only girl. When at nine-weeks old, the third of us, my brother Conor, contracted meningitis, enduring traumatic brain injuries that caused significant cognitive and physical disabilities, my parents decided to have another baby who would meet all the developmental milestones…

Ellen Dahlke

On teachers learning.

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