I seem to have two copies of One Teacher in Ten, Second Edition: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories.
There’s no reason for me to have two of these. I’d like to give one away.
So how do I go about doing that? I’ve seen people here do contests and things, but I don’t know that I’m a good instigator in that sort of thing. What I do notice when I see posts related to LGBTQ educators, however, is that it’s important for people to know that they’re not alone.
So how about this: if you’re interested in the book, reblog this with a) why you’d like the book and b) a favorite story about your students or kids you’ve worked with. Does that last part have to be related? No. Oh, and say a little something about yourself — what you teach or how you work with kids or what you’re studying, etc.
LGBTQ teachers should be able to share stories about the way their identities intersect — but they should also be able to share stories about their teacher identity without their sexuality coming into play. It’s important, to me at least, to have that balance: “I have these very specific experiences that are unique to my personal identity,” as well as “I have many experiences that are common among all teachers.”
So…let’s hear it. I’ll find some other stuff to put in too, because I feel a bit cheesy only doing this for one book.
EDIT: If there are teachers out there who keep their personal and professional identity strictly separate and don’t want to out themselves on their teaching blog, PLEASE feel free to reblog this on your personal blogs instead, or to note or fanmail me with a request to keep your anonymity (I’d like to compile and post these later). No one should have to make themselves uncomfortable, and I won’t be checking your tumblr to be sure you’re education-related, that doesn’t matter. I trust you.