Feeling Parts @WhiteRoomRadio
Topic - Teaching in a pandemic
Parts and part-icles
are both pieces and divisions,
masses separated and still meaningful to the whole.
Parts and part-iciples
are both description and action,
leavings of incomplete thoughts still not forming easily.
so partly present
like our virtual classes,
gatherings which feel ambiguous and lost.
Yet, with intention, I feel
part-icipation is parts joined
that generate a part-icular clarity,
particles seen clearly through crystal screens,
the spark and sparking light in distant eyes and curious minds.
Parsing all the parts of this "pandemic teaching",
margins now too clear and evident,
too important for ignorance.
the adjective, ambiguous in its modification;
teaching from a distance
teaching that doesn't reach the edges
of the feeling parts.
Name: Melanie White
Place of residence: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Your favourite quote:
"Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other." Paulo Freire
Your one wish for the world: That all human needs would be would be seen as a collective responsibility.
Where can we find out more about you (Website link): I don't have a website, but I do have Twitter, Instagram, and a Blog and podcast:
What teaching means to you:
I am a teacher because I am a student; education of myself is endless. I am infinitely curious and hope to inspire my students to continually
hold themselves in doubt about knowing and hope they continue to seek understanding about themselves and others. Teaching is not so much my job as my life.
A small bio about you:
I was born in Toronto and spent one year at university in Jacksonville, Florida. I came back to Canada and finished my first degree at the University of Guelph before moving to Ottawa where I now live with my husband, three children, and dog. I entered teaching after the birth of my daughter and her disability has allowed me to see the world differently. I have become intent on using my position of privilege to disrupt the status quo for equity. I work to bring diverse texts to classrooms, explore other culturally relevant ways of knowing, and diversify the course content whenever I can. I am learning from the scholarship of BIPOC educators and equity is a driver for me in my teaching. I podcast my learning of justice and equity with Amanda Potts on a free podcast called, "Just Conversations". https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/just-conversations/id1508179666 Please let me know if you have any other questions and happy new year!
Melanie White Pronouns: she/her Department Head, English and Fine Arts Nepean High School Twitter: @WhiteRoomRadio