Finished my first full week of teaching middle school French and I’m exhausted but so elated.
Injecting critical pedagogy into a curriculum is hard. The county curriculum isn’t openly anti-critical, but upholds the status quo that accepts French as an esteemed language to be learned without questioning why so many people speak it outside of Europe.
My students barely know their continents, let alone the nations of Africa, Oceania, Asia, and the Americas that have been colonized by the French. And I was initially frustrated with myself for feeling like I wasn’t making them think critically right away, and that we couldn’t discuss colonization right away. But teaching is all about patience. And at the end of Week 2, I’ve gotten some results that I’m going in the right direction. Continue reading