Amanda Ryan Fear

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Amanda Ryan Fear has served as an art teacher, leadership teacher, and dean of students at a large, comprehensive high school in the Portland, Oregon area.  She is a doctoral candidate in education methodology, policy and leadership at the University of Oregon and works with preservice teachers on community building and equity issues in the classroom. Her professional interests include leadership for equity, student voice and college readiness.  She recently became a mother and misses sleep.  


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Poetry Finds a Home in Art Class I expected the revolt. “This is art class! What do you mean we have to write a poem?” The sentiment was expressed in a chorus from my students as I...
We Don’t See Racism? Two afternoons a week, I tutor a high school junior in English and history and enjoy gleaning insights into a different school community than the one...
Defining Home I was apprehensive about beginning a unit on the concept of home in my high school art class. I’m still getting to know my students and was wary of...
School’s Ipod Policy Inspires Student to Lead Junior was not the typical school leader, but he understood that listening to music could inspire his artwork. After going over the syllabus and...
How To End Food Fights? Ask the Students It happened again today. I was standing in the cafeteria when I heard the dreaded sound of yelling, chairs scraping the floor and students scurrying...
Placing Value on Education, Equity — and Soap I’m standing at my customary position in the cafeteria during lunch duty one day, watching students pass by, lunches in hand, heading to their usual...
Finding Money to Save Adam As dean of students, I’m sitting at my desk passing time one morning when my radio crackles. “There was just a fight in the courtyard,” says a...
Zombies Brought Spirit Back to Pep Rally The high school where I work was looking to find its school spirit. I wanted to get all students involved, but only a handful were active...
Thoughts for a New Teacher It’s with mixed emotions that I approach my last day working with the group of student teachers in the graduate course I am teaching. There is so...
Never Give Up on Finding Dreams I’m sitting in my office with Sam, a senior, whose counselor brought him to see me. He missed more school than he attended last year and has started...
The Mistake That Led to a Great Lesson I used to tell my art students that some of the best art comes from mistakes. It seems the same is true for teaching. If we can be flexible enough to...
Overcoming the Heartbreaking Case of Bobby I’ve been reading lately about the school-to-prison pipeline and reflecting on my work as an administrator. I think frequently about the toughest day...
Partnering with Students Yields Engaging Rewards “I loved that we had a voice in this class. Kids need to be listened to and they are in this class. I usually feel that my teachers and other...
The Power of Listening “But nobody here listens to me,” Saul lamented as he tried to explain why he was in my office yet again this week. “I don’t know why I even bother to...