In what ways can white educators implement anti-racism teaching practices?
My PIP focuses on navigating race and ethnicity in the classroom as a white teacher. I focus on anti-racism teaching practices, the influence of race on school culture, and supporting ELL students. PS III is the third practicum I have done in Grassland Public Schools. Grasslands, and specifically the city of Brooks, have unique demographics because there is a large population of white farming families juxtaposed with a large population of African and Asian immigrant families who come to the area for the jobs at the JBS meatpacking plant. This means that there a large number of students who are English language learners and have cultural and religious practices that differ from what may be considered the norm in many Southern Albertan communities. In addition, the vast majority of teaching staff in the district are white.
My inquiry question reflects an ongoing need to develop tools and knowledge that embrace cultural differences and best support all students. It arises not only from the ever-growing influx of new cultures to the Brooks area, but also from increased awareness of the repercussions of a colonialist and systemically racist history in Canada. As a white teacher who is passionate about ELL support and celebrating diversity, and also as a white mother raising a mixed-race child, I want to focus on best practices for ensuring that every student feels seen, heard, and included in a safe classroom environment. In particular, I am interested in how white teachers address issues related to privilege and inter-cultural understanding.
Destiny is a Language Arts Education major with the dream of having a grade 5 classroom to call her own. She grew up in Sundre, AB, has attended the U of L since 2015, and completed her professional semesters in the Brooks, AB area. In her personal life she enjoys Harry Potter, swimming, poetry, and spending time with her son.