Getting Their Names Right

Call Them by the One They Choose

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Names can be tricky. In my first year of teaching, I was at a school comprised of two populations: White students from what remained of the pastoral horse ranches of Davie, FL, and Hispanic students who came to us from the encroaching tide of Fort Lauderdale, housed largely in sprawling trailer parks bordered on one side by 595. In my classes, I had Ashleys, Matts, and Christines…