I consider myself a regular podcast listener, with one of my favorite programs being This American Life. If you have never heard the show, I strongly recommend you check it out. While I have found many episodes from a variety of different podcast interesting and enjoyable, no single episode has stayed with me like episode 550: Three Miles. As a teacher in an urban, high-needs school, it was remarkable the parallels I could draw between the students in the episode and my own students. My school has even participated in a program similar to the one featured in the podcast episode. I found myself haunted by the heart-breaking stories shared by the students and the blunt honesty of the teacher. While I do not want to give much more away, I will say that I still find myself asking the question, "How can we do better?" and searching for answers.
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Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.