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Wednesday, November 30, 2016




Heads up: I'll be talking about politics in this post.

It’s not what I usually talk about, but I am today for several reasons. First, I should be talking about politics more often than I do: they affect what happens in our schools, classrooms, and the lives we teach. Second, this blog, more than anything is a record of my teaching journey. For the better part of the last year, I’ve stayed (mostly) silent on this blog when it comes to politics, but in my personal life, I’ve been deeply saddened by the campaigns as well as the aftermath. What's worse is that the stress has affected me as a teacher.

If I breezed over everything political on my blog, pretending the past few months never occurred or affected me, it would feel extremely inauthentic, almost to the point of deceit.

That being said, I’m totally aware of the overabundance of political posts out there. I’m not pretending that I’m saying anything that hasn’t already been said. I’m writing because I’m struggling, and because I suspect there may be some other teachers who are struggling. That’s it.

I know there will be those who disagree with me for the content of this post or for writing it. I welcome your opinions. In my years as a blogger, I have learned so, so much from readers who have thoughtfully and respectfully pointed out ways I can grow--those people have made me a better teacher and a better writer. 


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The campaign season was tough for me to watch from all angles: the debates, the commercials, the posts and memes on social media. Nothing about it made me excited or proud or encouraged. I felt like I was watching our country under a microscope, like cancer cells, repeatedly dividing and infecting. Or when it didn't feel like peering into a microscope, it reminded me of the times in the past in which a physical fight has erupted between students in my classroom. If you haven't experienced it, it's one of the worst feelings in the teaching world--you just want it to be over. And isn’t that what so many of us said about the election? “Ugh. I can’t wait for this to be over.”

And then it was.

For the record, I’m not upset that a Republican won. I’m not upset that someone I disagree with won. Though my political leanings generally tend toward the left, I think it’s good in a two-party system for our country to trade off in leadership. I come from a family of mostly Republicans, whom I love. I certainly don’t think Republicans are bad people because we disagree on some issues, in the same way I don’t think all Democrats are good people because I agree with them on most issues. (Informationally: I don’t think any of us are “bad” or “good” people, but that’s a topic for another day.)

I’m just sad that it had to be him.

On a large scale, I’m worried that a man who has demonstrated little if any skill in curbing his temper will be in charge of our military. I’m worried that a man who has demonstrated very little tact and self-control will be representing our country when meeting with foreign leaders. I’m worried that several of his appointments, including the Secretary of Education, have been people with very few qualifications or with strong records of not doing the right thing.

On a more local level, I am sad and sickened for my students—particularly those in groups who are already marginalized—who have watched a person get elected who has openly spoken disparagingly about them or has made promises under the assumption that their personhood is a threat to America’s greatness.

But these aren't what saddens me most.

I take my job as a leader very seriously. I believe that even more important than my job of teaching kids to read and write is my job of teaching kids what leadership looks like. I believe that leadership means strength, but that strength is meaningless without humility. That my power as a teacher should be used to build up and include; not destroy and divide. That we are enhanced, not threatened, by people different from us. That performance matters but character matters more. That we should own our mistakes, apologize for them, and look inward; not deny them or find someone else to blame for them. I believe these things and take my leadership so seriously because kids are watching all the time. I know that in my every action, reaction, glance, and word that escapes my lips, the kids are watching, and they are learning how to treat others by the way I model it for them.

So more than anything, I’m sad that our future president so far hasn’t behaved in a way that indicates he holds the same regard for public leadership. And I’m deeply worried because I know the kids will be watching.

So.

Here we are.

I thought maybe I'd be upset for a little bit. In general I'm a resilient person, so I thought the bad feelings would blow over, that I would find ways of moving forward. I even thought that maybe our president-elect would rise to the occasion and surprise all of us, as I've watched happen over and over in similar situations as a teacher. 

But so far, none of that has happened. Every new story, Tweet, article, political appointment refreshes my anger. Most of the time, when something outside of the classroom is bothering me, I can do a really impressive job of blocking it out and leaving it at the door. But this time the negativity marches right in with me.

As my stress builds, my teaching ability plummets. My patience all but disappears. I find it hard to plan or even know what to do next (ever caught yourself staring at a blank computer screen for upwards of ten minutes? That's been me the past three weeks). And knowing that I'm not being the best teacher I can has created this terrible snowball effect: stress, bad teaching, stress because of bad teaching, etc.

One day the week before we let out for Thanksgiving, a student told me I was stupid and that an assignment I'd given was stupid. He was having a bad day, I knew, and I softened my voice, preparing for the usual talk I have with kids on bad days about how important it is to respect each other, even when we're angry. But instead, this thought entered my head, as clear and as loud as if it'd been uttered into a megaphone:

Why are you talking to him about respect? Respect doesn't matter anymore. 

The thought was so jarring that it stayed with me all day, long after the last bell. I thought about it on my drive home, while making dinner. Respect doesn't matter anymore. Of course I didn't believe it (and thank goodness I didn't say it aloud at that moment). But why would I have thought it?

Then I realized: since the election, all I'd been doing was reading friends' angry thoughts, commentary, and memes on Facebook.

I'd been checking the president-elect's Twitter feed.

I'd been reading online articles, even ones I knew were propaganda trash, because they justified and fueled my anger.

I'd been fact-checking online articles and wanted to throw my laptop in a lake.

It's no wonder I'd begun to think that respect doesn't matter anymore.


It was then I decided I had to do something. I could not let the political climate continue to ruin my attitude and affect my teaching. But I also knew I couldn't just tune out completely. If I want to be an advocate, I have to stay informed. Since then I've been making a list of how I plan to do that: stay informed and involved, but without giving power to bitterness or hate.

1. Stay off my personal social media accounts. As much as I love seeing my friends' babies, dogs, and lunches, I know that reading the political posts are doing bad things to my heart right now (even when I agree with them). 

2. Stay informed the right way. I’ll be the first to say that one of the benefits of this election was that it made me take a hard look at the news I read. I had thought that my news source (which is not any of the cable networks) would be listed among the most empirically unbiased, but it wasn't. That doesn't mean it's heavily biased, but it also doesn't mean it's unbiased. With a little online research, I found several news outlets that were consistently rated to have the most neutral reporting. Note: I don’t there’s anything wrong with reading news that “tells it slant” to some extent, but I think it’s important to pair it with outlets whose commitment to neutrality outweighs ratings.

3. Call my government leaders. Social media has become an echo chamber, but you know who has to listen to me? Jeff, my state representative’s intern. I’ve called him every day for the past week and a half. I start by thanking him for his service, and then I ask how he's doing, or how the weather is, or I tell him exactly what I’m doing (once, Googling whether you need to pluck dog ear hair). Finally, I tell him my opinions on various political appointments that have taken place. Who knows if Jeff even tells his boss about me apart from, “Yeah, that weird lady called again,” but I have to believe there’s a better chance of my voice being heard by talking to Jeff nicely than by sharing something angrily on social media. (P.S. Once I actually reached Jeff’s boss! It was very exciting.)

Want to call your own Jeff? Here’s a handy link: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

4. Focus on what I can do, and believe that what I can do isn’t small. For me, this means selecting books for my classes that highlight stories of diverse and/or marginalized people and groups, teaching students to differentiate between real and fake news (because most can't, which is frightening), and trying my darndest, even when it feels impossible, to model the leadership qualities I want to see in our world.  

5. Take lessons from animals and nature. Dogs, man. Dogs and trees. I spent a lot of time this weekend with both, and I just feel improved. Rebooted.

6. Give things to my friends who are most affected and to organizations that need my help. "I'm here if you need me," is good, but I like asking others what would help them the most, or if they say nothing, just guessing. Once, a friend knew I was having a rough time in school and simply gave me a tiny plant and said she was thinking about me. I have never forgotten that gesture.

7. Eat things that make me feel good for longer than five minutes. Cramming nine Oreos in my mouth makes me feel awesome for exactly five minutes. An hour later, I want to kill the whole world. I know that example is silly, but I’m a big believer (even if I'm not a big practicer) that it’s really hard to do good if you don’t feel good. So for now, Oreos are on the '86 list.

8. Practice grace. Practicing grace doesn’t mean turning a blind eye or excusing bad behavior; it means recognizing that behavior is not the person, and remembering that in every person (every, every, every person, I remind myself) is a story worth a listen; are fears to which I can relate; is redemption. 


Reading over this list, I just sighed--one of those huge, exasperating sighs that end with my head on the table. Some of these steps seem too big for me. Some don't seem like they will be enough.

But there’s a quote from Richard Rohr I return to again and again. He says, “We do not think ourselves into new ways of living; we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” I’m hoping that by doing (and in some cases, not doing) I can get back to a place where I feel like a highly effective educator as well as a highly effective human again. I'll keep you posted on how this works, but in the meantime, let me know how you cope when you're not feeling your best in the classroom.

Thanks for reading, for teaching alongside me, for letting me write when I'm struggling.

Love,


Teach

51 comments:

  1. Thank you for your service every day. Our world is better because you are teaching.

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  3. You have nailed it, once again! I have felt the same way every day since the election, and have also made the same decision to stop the spiral after every cukoo Tweet, news story, etc. Thank you for validating my crazy roller coaster emotions, the daily despair, but most of all the choice to take charge of how I deal with the nonsense!

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  4. I have been impacted by the election like you. It was a shock to my entire being, for all the reasons you stated. I too have stared at nlank screens day in and out, not able yo form coherent plans, threads ofideas, or even a bullet point. And worse yet, i have been unable to be trult present for my so very needy 14 year olds. I am starting to awken from the fog. I need a list like yours. I should borrow yours until I have my own. Thank you for your honesty and your courage

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been feeling the same way and I've been trying to ignore it and push through. Reading this made me realize I need to take some positive steps to work through this and continue to be the best teacher I can.

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    1. Hello,
      I Read the article of a very great spell caster and it seems very helpful
      to me. I haven’t had the chance to have a proper relationship with my ex
      because we work together. This will be the final week or work and then I
      wont be around him constantly. Unfortunately, I broke one of the rules in
      the article and have been sleeping with him. Something I’m not proud of,
      especially since he has a girlfriend. Not to mention that she’s a girl he
      dated off and on for 3 years before he dated me.
      When I asked him why he kept sleeping with me even though he was in a
      relationship, his response was because I wanted it, and he wants me to be
      happy. But obviously what would make me happy would be to have him all to
      myself. That was when i read about Dr alexzander on how he help people in
      saving their relationship and i was really desperate for his help. There
      were things in our relationship that were tough. We traveled for 4 months
      right in the beginning, and it was hard due to different expectations. When
      we returned our living situation was unstable which caused a lot of stress
      on my end. And when I ask why he didn’t give me a chance to make things
      better he said he gave me tons of chances. Oh, and he compared our
      relationship with his past. He says that things were great, and then they
      went bad really fast, and that why his back with is Ex. Because it at least
      took them years for things to get that bad. So i was very sad and
      disappointing and decided to contact this spell caster for help with tears
      running out of my eyes and Dr alexzander promised to make things right in
      my relationship and also assured me that my boyfriend is going to come back
      to me within 78hrs. At first i was shock and didn't believe him because i
      thought it was impossible to do. But i gave it a try and trusted him. Dr
      alexzander asked for my details and his, then guarantee me of his return.
      Truly my ex lover started calling me and also begging me to forgive him and
      that's his willing to give us a second chance, then promised me never to
      love any other woman apart from me. it all seem like a miracle to me till
      now. Dr alexzander. Words can't express how i feel right now. it been 2
      month now since you caste that love spell for me and nothing have gone bad
      between us. his now caring more than ever and also the loving kind of Man i
      have ever wanted for myself in life. I thank you Dr alexzander for saving
      my relationship. Indeed you are the best. I want to use this media to share
      my testimony for the whole world to see and know that there is still hope
      in your broken relationship, No matter how bad it seems don't give up hope
      and also contact this man who saved my own. you can reach him through his
      website address http://alexzanderhightemple-com.webs.com or contact him
      direct with his email address alexzanderhightemple@gmail.com. I thank you
      Dr alexzander for helping me and i will always share my testimony in every
      social media or place i may go to.
      (From United State Of America).
      Mrs Tracy Grilli.
      http://tracygrilli.blogspot.com.tr
      https://tracygrilli59.blogspot.com

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  6. YEP to all of this. Thank you for writing this. I am right there with you.

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  7. Oh - I needed to read this. I have never felt this way post election and it's for the very reasons you mentioned - not the party but the person and the attendant issues around respect. Your list is a good start at helping me negotiate a route through the fog of these last few weeks.

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  8. Thank you for writing this. I am feeling the same way about that whole thing. I feel like my silence prior to the election was me failing everyone. I am practicing kindness and grace and trying to promote this with my students. Let's rock the boat together.

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  9. Thank you for writing this! I've felt the same way, and have had similar struggles. It was encouraging to hear another teacher echoing my same thoughts. Every day is a fresh start, and I'm trying hard to find myself in the classroom again.

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  10. This is excellent. Thank you for being brave enough to share your thoughts and feelings in a mature way. Above all, the election of DT has made me sad. Just sad.

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  11. You are able to put into words so much of what I'm feeling. Thank you for being open, hinest, and emotional with us and for us.

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  12. If you don't meditate yet, I highly recommended it. That and the gym a few times a week make a HUGE difference in how I deal with having a life/teaching/volunteering. Especially after this awful election, I know these things will be even more important in keeping me sane. Thanks for your post-know that there are HEAPS of us out here who feel the same.

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  13. Shout it to the rooftops, "Respect does matter." It matters to you. It matters to me. Most importantly, it matters to kids. Sure, our president elect does not exude respect, like, ever, but you know who does? You. The students know you and work with you and laugh and cry with you EVERY DAY. There are some terrible words out there and terrible actions, but "these are the times that try men's souls." We become better because of difficulty and strife. Our students can affect change through their fear or anger. Yep. Time for lots of action. We can do it!

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  14. Good god, this is exactly what I needed right this second. Thank you. We are in this together.

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  15. As usual, it is as though you can figure out what I am thinking (and can't figure out, or put into words)! Thank you for that!

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  16. Teach,

    You brought a gentle, thoughtful perspective to a contentious topic. I'm happy to hear you're extending grace and gratitude to yourself, and finding ways to nourish your soul during all of this. My students, like yours, have been angered, dismayed, frustrated, upset, and disappointed. We've funneled this writing projects, art installations, community statements, etc. I've encouraged my students to join political advisory groups for young adults (regardless of their political affiliation,) seek news sources that attempt to show the whole picture, be brave, and show up for the hard, messy work of seeking to understand rather than being understood. Good luck, my friend, and do not despair!

    Ashley

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  17. This is EXCELLENT. I feel SO many of the same things, and you did a great job putting into words - respectfully, tactfully, but powerfully and unapologetically. Thank you!

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  18. Thanks for this, Tanya. For me, you touched a nerve on the lack of respect. I shared it on FB with this intro: (I hope that was OK :)

    Whatever happened to RESPECT? A teacher, Tanya Adams, reflects on the impact the tone of this election has had on her students - and all of us. How can we counter act a leader whose rhetoric
    teaches that respect doesn’t matter anymore?

    “…I softened my voice, preparing for the usual talk I have with kids on bad days about how important it is to respect each other, even when we're angry. But instead, this thought entered my head, as clear and as loud as if it'd been uttered into a megaphone:

    Why are you talking to him about respect? Respect doesn't matter anymore. 

    The thought was so jarring that it stayed with me all day, long after the last bell…. “ -Tanya Adams

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  19. Thank you for talking about politics. I wish more teachers would. Being careful and hiding thoughts never leads to deeper understandings, but conversations can. Teachers are all about learning, so hey, let's walk the walk. I like what you said about Republicans - it's very open-hearted. Your thoughts are beautiful. As a tree hugger (literally) and a person who made a suburban Occupy rap vid once with her teacher friends just because why not, I love your list. Why mope when we can do? Baby steps. Let's call our reps.

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  20. Thank you for putting in to print the same feelings so many of us have had. I'm not a huge political person. When he announced he would be running I thought it was a joke, then I thought he wouldn't get nominated, then not elected. Total denial! However, I believe that we are still a strong nation and if we all pull together WE can make the difference. From skimming the comments I found no one disagreeing with you. If we all pull together and envelope our students with good examples of what is right, we just might survive the next 4 years! Don't deny yourself simple pleasures --- enjoy an Oreo every day!

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  21. So well said! I'm wondering what news sources you found to be the most unbiased, if you don't mind sharing! Keep on teachin' on, Teach! They need you!

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  22. thanks for the post! I'm curious-- which news source did you switch to? Also, what books are on your list for #4? I'd be interested in adding some to my to-read list! thanks!!

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  23. I have wanted so much to write a post like this. You expressed my feelings perfectly. I frequently visit your blog for the smiles you put on my face, but this was even better.

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  24. I really appreciate your post, especially your "can do" attitude. When I realize I've been doing a lot of complaining (about students, admin, peers, whatever), my preferred course of action is, also, to make a plan and change my behavior - it's the only thing I have any control over. I like that all the aspects of your plan are positive and things you can realistically do. I also really like that your plan includes ways you can influence others and their environment in a non-preachy way, so they may not even realize how you are empowering them and affecting their outlook and by extension your own environment. Thank you for the food-for-thought and the great leading-by-example. You are a wonderful teacher, even to strangers-cum-friends in the blogosphere.

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  25. You are such a dear.
    You just are. You inspire on levels that I didn't know I had.
    This year I have a particularly challenging class and I'm working hard to show them that school is a happy and safe place to be (4th grade-still impressionable-see what you wrote above about our actions and being a leader.) Some of my students are worried that their Dad/StepDad/Mom family member will be deported. I try to encourage them and tell them that Congress would have to approve such a thing first and that many of the things the President-elect is saying are false campaign promises...but the fear is still in their eyes. It saddens me to see that fear- and I just want to see it go away. It's very hard when parents tell you that their children were crying because of this psuedo-politician.
    Still, we will keep moving forward, in hope....

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  26. Each person takes his own time to grieve. Be kind to yourself and avoid those who are negatively affecting your life (including broadcast and social media). Your teaching posts always uplifts my day. Hang in there, teach!

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  27. Thank you for sharing these thoughts! I wrote a very similar blog post (it's uncanny really) and found yours because a friend said - check this out - her post reminded me of yours! I'm so glad to find that I'm not the only one.

    I think that so many of us are feeling what you've expressed. I love your calls to action; it's important to teach our kids about active citizenship!

    Great read! :)

    Here's my thoughts: http://assessmentforlearning.weebly.com/blog/todayichoose

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  28. Respect has been slowly disappearing long before this election (I am not a Trump fan). Howard Stern, mainstream TV, you name it ... everyone is mean and snarky, and it's allowed. I've stayed off social media and did not watch all the debates because it just made me feel sad. Some of my students said they wanted President Obama to make a law that would say Donald Trump couldn't be president. One agreed that he had no problem stooping to Trump's bullying level to get what he (the student) wanted. What is this world coming to?

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  29. I too, have not yet addressed the numbness that I feel.

    It is so true that we should avoid the social media side of the news. I look and listen and read and the fluttering panic in my chest awakens again, threatening to consume me. I cannot 'get over it' as I watch members of my own family transforming into people that I would not choose. Transforming, or allowing themselves to show true colors, it matters not which.

    It is not only a pervasive sadness, it is terrifying. The future of us and ours is in a precarious place and we all need to overcome the paralysis and do something. Keep moving forward, keep living, keep teaching. It seems like our responsibility to our scholars has increased ten-fold and continuing to do our best by them is a good start.

    Thank you for your post.

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  30. Thank you for your wonderful post. You have described exactly what I have been feeling for the past three weeks. And I so agree with your conclusion. I've decided that what I can do is to continue to share diverse literature with my kids and to help children find that perfect book that will lead them to be a life long reader. Susan

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  31. I needed this like you don't even know. Thank you for putting everything I've been feeling for the last year (and especially the last few weeks) into a coherent, perfect post. I'm with you 100%.

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  32. I would echo what everyone else has said here: thank you for making me feel not so alone in my feelings.

    I am a member of NCTE; you should see how talking about politics has fared on the Teaching and Learning Forum over there. It'll make you heave one of those ending-with-head-in-hands sighs.


    Also, while I do have several students of color, I happen to teach at a school with a mostly privileged student body. The comments I've heard from students (and colleagues), especially right after the election, have been ones of jubilation. The few who said anything regarding Trump's less inclusive policy promises, have joked about it. The day following, one student of Mexican descent got my attention and then told me, laughing, that she and her family and friends would have to go "home" now.

    I only bring this up to say that, while I can certainly bring literature and class discussion into my content that highlights the struggles of the marginalized, my audience--and their parents and families--is already predisposed to assume that all is right with the world, pun, perhaps, intended.

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  33. If everyone sticks to the good they say they will do, the country may actually improve as an after effect of this election.

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  34. I feel the same way. Thanks for what you post. It's my first year teaching too and every day is a battle - the "bad teaching" snowball effect happens on me - plus the snowball effect of students' defiance, unkindness, and admin's impatience with my out of control class. I love the kids! I do. Hoping the best for you always, keep me in your thoughts too please ;^D

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  37. Thank you for this wonderful post. I'm currently a preservice teacher placed in a very diverse public school setting. There have been a few issues with racism and sexism on our campus, and it's been a very jarring thing to experience in my first few months getting to know the place. The school I'm in is in a very liberal, open college town and I was surprised at the things that were happening all around me. I, like you, had to make choices for my own mental health and well-being like dropping social media for a while or making sure to take time out of the echo-chamber of people talking about politics. I was wondering if you had any resources for books that are focused on more diverse characters and experiences. I know that there is an inexhaustible amount of material that can be taught in English classrooms, but I feel that this present cultural moment is the most pressing for English teachers to be promoting diversity, tolerance, and respect in their classrooms. I know this is one of my goals!

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  38. How to get your Ex Boyfriend back after a breakup, I’m extremely happy that me and my ex-boyfriend will are living together again.
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  40. My ex-boyfriend is back after a breakup, I’m extremely happy that we are living together again. I' m Mary from England, My boyfriend of 4yr broke up with me and am 30 weeks pregnant. I have cried my self to sleep most of the nights and don’t seem to concentrate during lectures sometimes I stay awake almost all night thinking about him and start to cry all over again.Because of this I end up not having energy for my next day’s classes ,my attendance has dropped and am always in uni and on time. Generally he is a very nice guy ,he ended it because he said we were arguing a lot and not getting along.He is right we’ve been arguing during the pregnancy a lot .After the break up I kept ringing him and telling him I will change.I am in love with this guy and he is the best guy I have ever been with.I’m still hurt and in disbelief when he said he didn’t have any romantic feelings towards me anymore that hurt me faster than a lethal syringe.He texts me now and then mainly to check up on how am doing with the pregnancy,he is supportive with it but it’s not fair on me, him texting me as I just want to grieve the pain and not have any stress due to the pregnancy.i was really upset and i needed help, so i searched for help online and I came across a website that suggested that Dr Unity can help get ex back fast. So, I felt I should give him a try. I contacted him and he told me what to do and i did it then he did a spell for me. 28 hours later, my bf came to me and apologized for the wrongs he did and promise never to do it again. Ever since then, everything has returned back to normal. I and my bf are living together happily again.. All thanks to Dr Unity. If you have any problem contact Dr.Unity now and i guarantee you that he will help you. Here’s his contact. Email him at: Unityspelltemple@gmail.com ,you can also call him or add him on Whats-app: +2348071622464 ,His website: http://unityspelltemple.yolasite.com .

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  42. How i got my Husband back Thanks to Lord Alika for bringing back my Husband ,and brought great joy to my family??? My name is Kathryn Louise, My Ex-Husband dumped me two weeks ago after I accused him of seeing someone else and insulting him. I want him back in my life but he refuse to have any contact with me. I was so confuse and don't know what to do, so I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimony of how a spell caster help people to get their ex back so I contact the spell caster and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 48hours that my ex will return to me and to my greatest surprise the third day my ex came knocking on my door and beg for forgiveness. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that, we are about to get married. Once again thank you Lord Alika , You are truly talented and gifted. Web:http://lordalikaspelltemp8.Wix.Com/http is the only answer. He can be of great help and I will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man.Email: lordalikaspelltemple@yahoo.Co.Uk or +19287694882. Web:http://lordalikaspelltemp8.Wix.Com/http

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  43. This. Those thoughts went through my head all November and December when I talked and talked to kids about behaviors. Keep writing. Keep giving advice. January is going to be rough personally...but I need teaching to be something that inspires me so I can keep doing it.

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  45. Hello,
    I Read the article of a very great spell caster and it seems very helpful
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