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Not Light, But Fire by Matthew Kay





While the subtitle of Matthew Kay’s book is How to Lead Meaningful Race Conversations in the Classroom, the author spends an ample amount of time in the first half of the book establishing what it means to simply have meaningful conversations in the classroom. In his introduction to the book, Kay writes, “Each chapter grounds itself in the dialogic tradition that understands that great learning happens when both teachers and students explore the limits of their own understanding through rigorous discussion” (5). The author focuses in on what he terms dialogic pedagogy in the classroom: how to establish dialogue with students, how to make room for meaningful dialogue in the classroom, how to develop dialogue in your practice, and then how to engage in discussions about race with students through this pedagogy.