Twenty decisions in 88 seconds

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Whoa. I just read an article on the Hechinger Report that got me thinking.

In the article, Deborah Loewenberg Ball shares a 1 minute 28 second long interaction between two African American female students, in which Ball identifies 20 micro-decisions the teacher present needed to make. Each decision had the power to increase or decrease the students’ identity as mathematicians and thereby perpetuate race-based and gender-based stereotypes or not.

20 decisions in 88 seconds!

The interaction between the two girls is not unlike thousands upon thousands of interactions I presided over during my teaching tenure. I wonder how many of my micro-decisions supported my students rather than tear them down. I’m humbled right now.

Please take a moment to read the article here…

http://hechingerreport.org/20-judgments-a-teacher-makes-in-1-minute-and-28-seconds/

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