Supporting Students and Their Emerging Sense of Self (with poetry by Phan)

Jenni Bader


As a newly minted teacher, I have begun to look back with fresh appreciation for my year of student teaching and the many people who helped shape and inform my ideas about education. Among those who left their impression on me is one student, Phan, who expanded my vision for the English classroom as a safe place to express and reflect. From this student I learned that a teacher can support by listening without judgment even when she or he does not fully understand.


student teaching; safe spaces; gender fluidity; poetry; identity; inclusivity; student support

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