TAP 2020 Reflection

This year has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much about myself and about the type of teacher I want to become. Before I get into how I have grown as a teacher, I first want to say that I have grown as a friend and student. Being a part of TAP was the first time I felt connected to a group of people. Everyone in my cohort loves me for me and sees my superpowers as assets rather than detriments. They made me feel heard and seen. They showed me love.

 

I have learned that my "teaching superpowers" are hugs, questions that help students think, and community circle/class culture. I've learned that I need to work on gaining confidence in teaching content and using my insecurity around content to support students who may also have those struggles. One of the main reasons I wanted to be a part of this program is the focus on creating anti-racist teachers. I believe that I have a long way to go, but I have learned that the most important thing to do is to constantly be learning more about my blindspots surrounding race. In the future, I want to make sure that regardless of where I work I am a white co-conspirator, not just an ally. I will continue to ask myself, "How might I use my project-based learning skills in a school that is not a project-based learning school?"

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