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We Got This.: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be

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That's the problem with you, Minor a student huffed. You want to make everything about reading or math. It's not always about that. At school, you guys do everything except listen to me. Y'all want to use your essays and vocabulary words to save my future, but none of y'all know anything about saving my now.

In We Got This Cornelius Minor describes how this conversation mov
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Heinemann Educational Books
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Rose Peterson
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Because I'm wearying of professional literature that claims to have equity at its center but only regurgitates the same old information in a new package, I was hesitant about this book. However, my preconceived notions were wrong.

I was pleasantly surprised by Minor's insistence that equity begins with the small decisions we make in our classroom every day. The suggestions he offers of how to do this are immediately helpful without being prescriptive or simplistic. I currently have a class of se
Franki Sibberson
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for all teachers, all grades, all subjects.
Beth Honeycutt
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teacher friends, I’d suggest that you read this! Wow - we owe it to our students:)
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, teaching
I've seen Minor speak in person twice, and we share a beloved professor, Bill Teale, in our hearts.

This book is pretty good. But since I just went to a PD with him before reading the book, turns out there were a few (important, hefty) things in the PD that he must have come up with after the book.

He talked a lot about the three biggest ways we disenfranchise our own students, often without meaning to, and often in ways that are deeply ingrained within the teaching profession because of the fact
Alex Johnson
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cornelius Minor makes his thinking about teaching interesting and accessible by first critically dismantling the teacher-as-superhero dynamic and then walking through how he constructs his relationships with students and his classroom. My only qualm is that there was so many things I wanted to take notes on is that I couldn't play Animal Crossing while listening to this book.

Highly recommend for teachers who need a confidence boost and solid strategies for the hand waving of "relationship buildi
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many Post-its on this one. So many tidbits and bites and thoughts that you can chew on to update and change your practice.

What I love completely is the visualness of his presentation from the illustrations and discussion bubbles and figures that included so many quick sheets to track your changes, address your students, or think through problems on paper. Minor's sharing of little and big conversations he had with students to these worksheet/spreadsheets are worth their weight and his inspir
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
The thing that I appreciate most about about Minor's writing is that he so clearly leads with love. Education could use much more of that. The thing that I appreciate second most is the way he's able to take really complex ideas about how to shift one's teaching practice and communicates them in ways that are actionable. Education could use much more of that as well. ...more
This book piqued my interest because of two words in the title: equity, access. Those are big National Board pieces, and I'm always looking for ways to help teachers explore new ways to think about these issues in their classrooms. What I DIDN'T expect to see was all the attention to reflection as a practitioner.

For Minor, the quest to BE who our students need is grounded in reflection. Questioning ourselves, challenging our every decision. Returning to lessons and conversations to see what the
Caleb Johnson
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good one.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read (and practice!) for all teachers!
Elizabeth Croston
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Wonderful and easy to read professional development book for teaching. I thought this was going to be another "how to include your student of color/how to be an anti-racist book" but it was not! It felt like the type of book I read in grad school, except this one was easy to read and I actually want to use the graphic organizers! I think that all the staff members at my school should read this. Also, it's great that I was able to participate in a live online zoom keynote address with the author ...more
Mariana Romano
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I sat down and read this a few hours. I barely stopped except to eat, address my children, and use the necessary. Cornelius Minor's clear and rhythmic prose, honesty, and practical tools pulled me right through the text. (And Jamal Igle's art adds to the aesthetic experience.) I kept thinking that I want Minor's brain -- how he looks at the world and children, teaching and the classroom, ways to evolve and slow thinking and practice--he breaks it down, provides models, and tells honest stories. ...more
Nikki Smith
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2021: We are at a turning point in education. This book offers the tools to help us make the necessary changes. Are we (semi-)brave enough to do take on the challenge?

2020: Rereading this as I prepare to return to school during a pandemic after a summer of racial tension couldn’t be better timing. Always relevant but more urgent now.

2019: Impressed! Minor creates credibility with his own stories and experiences he shares before delving into the purpose and immediate need for such changes. Then
The Rudie Librarian (Brian)
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Cornelius Minor is lightning. He is a spark. He is the whole forest fire. This dude will ignite your passion to ensure that you have equitable instruction in your classroom and the school. He will help you to remember that you are more than a cog in the machine. You have a voice and you are powerful. But more than that, he will remind you about how very powerful your students' voices are. He will get you passionate about helping them find and use those voices. He will remind you why you wan ...more
Susan Barber
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
First - I LOVE Cornelius Minor. Second - this book is beautiful - why can't all education books have artistic qualities as well as solid content? What I love about this book is that Minor doesn't simply draw attention to equity issues but offers practical classroom solutions. For me this is where the breakdown occurs - there's lots of talk about the problem and theoretical solutions but these solutions fail to offer practical steps of how this plays out in classrooms. This would be a perfect boo ...more
Jeanie Phillips
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Practical, accessible, and immediately useful. This book includes a rich discussion of equity issues and offers classroom strategies for countering inequity. A great read for all classroom teachers!
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: professional
No matter what curriculum we are assigned, our commitment is always to the students first. This is a must-read for educators.
I really hope I get to learn from Mr. Minor in person someday!
Holly Mueller
Excellent! Thinking through this as part of a freedom/equity/social literacy series with Troublemakers by Carla Shalaly and Being the Change by Sara K. Ahmed...
Laura Gardner
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook is great! Read by the author.

Love his emphasis on putting students at the center and really listening to them.
Karly Grice
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this. Equity pedagogy theory texts are very important but often too theoretical and abstract for undergrads/preservice teachers, and overwhelmingly my undergrads say, “this theory is great, but what does it look like?” or “but how do I do this without losing my job?” Minor takes so much from culturally sustaining and activist pedagogies and makes it tangible, even modeling “what this might look/sound like” in the text. He acknowledges all of my undergrads’ questions from the place ...more
Shelley Fenton
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful, thoughtful, inspiring; Cornelius Minor's debut book, We Got This, is a must read for all educators. He is a champion for giving teachers the encouragement to do what is right for their students. Using anecdotes and companion materials, he provides guides to replicate the compassionate work he does with students. He provides systems for change that are reflective and intentional. He guides teachers through the process using whatever systems their schools use. As you close the last pag ...more
Dana Berglund
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the professional development book I needed right now- a balance of positivity and practicality, filled with (with links online) samples of flowcharts to help move your practice and your environment forward...and also poster worthy quotes. It's about helping yourself be the best teacher that your kids need, and that can be applied to situations about mediocre curriculum, classroom culture, learning differences, or historically marginalized populations. Cornelius Minor is my new favorite t ...more
Marybet Hudson
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has some great guidance for thinking through our lessons and classroom management through student eyes. I really wish I had read more of it before school got shut down this year. Now the challenge is how to apply his methods of student management to this new online/distance learning we are in. The questions of why students aren’t doing the work, or are only partially engaged aren’t any different, but my responses will have to be very different in this new model.

I recommend this book t
NaTasha Clever
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was phenomenal. Cornelius Minor doesn’t just offer another overview of the inequity many of our students are facing; he offers practical strategies for change and resources to help educators enact that change, while also acknowledging the realistic obstacles that teachers face everyday in this profession.
Renee Isom
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend this book!
I love the accessibility of this easily the info is given and consumed. What I appreciate more is the practicality and illumination on the “me” factor of teaching. How focusing on “me” can help and hurt students depending on the “why” of your focus.

I think all the charts and organizational tools will come in handy for those who like that, but the voice in this book is the best guide to success. I felt like I had a trusted colleague sitting with me as I read
Jabiz Raisdana
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Short and sweet and packs a powerful punch. This is not only the book I wish I had when I first started my teaching journey, it is the book I need now.

Filled with practical resources, anecdotal stories and a poetic voice dedicated to building social justice focused and equitable classrooms, this is a must read for teachers everywhere.

Minor has written the perfect PD book: practical, short, colorful, meaningful and filled with light and passion.

I cannot wait to use the reflective resources wit
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly about being a reflective teacher who continues to grow, and adapt to meet the needs of his students. He outlines ways teachers can intentionally be the practitioners their students need.
This book is so important. It perfectly marries teacher advocacy, teacher research, and social justice while making all those hard topics easily digestible.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
“We do not teach for what is. We teach for what can be.”
Clare Wojda
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Want to be reminded of how beautiful teaching can be while simultaneously gaining practical strategies for educational change agency!!?!? Read this book.
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