My voice was my
and teaching was my
- Dr. Taryn Fletcher
Action Guide for
IN ALL LANES
pedagogical practices and
Another FREE resource for your meeting or coaching session
Remember being a 5-year-old and wanting to share your most inner thoughts with anyone who would listen— pushing your way into a conversation to give one more burning update?
“Hey, guess what? Did you know there’s 7 people in Room 9 with an inny belly button?”
Yup, that was me— I just had to share. My voice was my gift and teaching was my talent.
But by second grade, I learned pretty quickly that my teachers rejected having an opinionated little person in the classroom. Once, my teacher squeezed my jaws so tightly for talking that my loose tooth popped right out!
It didn’t take long for me to learn how to dim my light as a black girl. Keeping my mouth shut, smiling and nodding, and “playing” school became my new talent.
Here is a tool you can use in your next staff meeting to help teachers reflect on the value of voice.