Posts Categorized: Reflection

A Lesson on the N-Word

A Lesson on the N-Word

You can’t teach the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and not discuss the n-word. Ignoring it is irresponsible. So, how does a teacher engage her class in a discussion around this very controversial and complicated word?  It begins with love. I teach this because I hope to impact my students in a way that causes them to… Read more

Dust Your Shoulders Off

Dust Your Shoulders Off

I’ve had many difficult teaching moments. Some were a result of my own doing, yet many were a result of systemic inequalities that bled into the four walls of my classroom. I once had a student drop out his junior year in order to work full time so he could help his family back home… Read more

What I Told My Seniors

What I Told My Seniors

I didn’t realize how unprepared I was for Trump’s election. I had simply not thought that result through. Immediately I began receiving text messages. My father’s words to all of his children will stay with me. I was teary eyed as I dropped Analiz off at school. I cried a bit when I arrived at… Read more

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teaching at Headwaters is quite the change of pace & style for me. The main differences are the creative autonomy I have and the student academic freedoms they enjoy.  I wrote more about that here. What are the main differences?  1. Debriefing class/lessons. 2. Offering students the opportunity to reassess and try again at demonstrating their… Read more

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

The first unit of the year with the freshmen is a fun one filled with tons of *stuff*. I’m really proud of the construction of this unit: the scope and sequence. This first unit is an introduction to the course, my teaching style, our relationship, expectations, and intensity. I want to make sure it’s enjoyable… Read more

Hope

Hope

Working at this independent school has been a great and challenging experience for me. The biggest challenge? I have never taught in a classroom where I was the ethnic minority. I have never taught in a classroom where the group wasn’t Latino. That was a big shift and certainly something that impacted HOW I taught,… Read more

Academically Free

Academically Free

After teaching at an oppressive, regimented, “turn around” school district, I can now say I know what it means to be academically free. Those who’ve taught in such spaces understand what I mean when I use those words above. It’s a space where all my steps are watched, all my mistakes are counted, all my… Read more