The Third-Year Teacher Rut (pp. 34--42)

Lesley Miller


In this paper, I discuss a recent revelation regarding my use of Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT) lessons. I analyze falsehoods promoted by a Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) activity I downloaded from TPT and discuss ways in which the lesson unwittingly re-enforced implicit bias and stereotypes of other cultures among my students. Lastly, I explore possible revisions generated with teaching colleagues in a recent graduate-level pedagogy course.

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