Eric (a pseudonym) was the kind of student who was never where he was supposed to be when he was supposed to be there. While I never taught him, I met him performing sweep duty in the hallways each day during my planning period. Sweep duty involved walking the hallways close to my classroom and “sweeping” kids to their next class, singing tardy slips as needed. I came to know Eric well, because he needed “sweeping” every single day. Each day I found him in the hallway, he had a new reason for being late to class, as though each … Continue reading On Teaching and Mothering
Not that many years ago, I was in a relationship that I thought would last. Even though I never took the man I dated “home” to meet my family, I wanted to at the time. I wasn’t sure how comfortable … Continue reading Racism, Antiracism, and You
During this time of COVID-19, I have seen my social media feed flooded with memes on parents and teachers homeschooling their kids. Some of you might have seen this post from a very honest student named Ben: Many of you … Continue reading On Homeschooling (what it is, and why that is not what you are doing right now)
My Dear Fellow Educator, I see you. You are the one over there at home trying to take care of yourself and your family in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. You may not be a healthcare provider or first responder, but you are used to being in the frontline of the daily battle to maintain a healthy, thriving society. Except today, you aren’t allowed to go to battle. On a normal day, you deliver multiple lessons, answer hundreds – no, thousands – of questions, provide academic guidance and personal counseling, listen to students with problems much greater than yours, … Continue reading An Open Letter to Teachers during a Global Pandemic
Rewind. Setting: Small-town Texas, the summer of 2012, a living room full of family members. I was making my rounds visiting loved ones after living in Mexico City for four years, telling stories and talking about my experiences. “So when … Continue reading The Danger of a Single Story: Stereotypes and Misconceptions in (and out of) the Classroom
The first time I remember modifying curriculum to fit my students’ needs was during my fourth year of teaching. It was my last year living in Mexico, and I had a small group of seniors whom I had taught since … Continue reading Why Multicultural Education?
Why a blog? For several years now, I have wanted to write about my experiences as a teacher, to share my stories, my students’ stories, and to promote best practices and the importance of creating a nurturing classroom culture. Several months ago, I began meeting with my friend and mentor, Pat, to exchange writing and work on this writing project that I hoped would turn into a book. Not for the first time, I struggled to get words on paper. Whenever I sat down to write, I just stared at the blinking cursor on my screen, frustrated that I couldn’t … Continue reading We Teach Who We Are