Posts Categorized: Reflection

EquitySpaceATX

EquitySpaceATX

One of the challenges of living in Austin, Texas is navigating the insistent gentrification taking place. It rips communities and takes your friends away. It forces potential friends to leave, too.  Roberto and I have worked hard to intentionally find and develop friendships with People of Color to ensure community and culture. We want our… Read more

Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

Is my school welcoming to People of Color?

I recently read Kiese Laymon’s book Heavy. I can’t stop talking about it. It was powerful, raw, beautiful, impactful, and heavy. (Pun intended!) One of the moments he narrates is about an incident that happened to him as a college professor. He was the only Black male professor in a predominantly white institution. He pushed… Read more

We’re In This Together

We’re In This Together

Being a teacher who is black, indigenous, or a person of color (BIPoc), can be challenging in and of itself. So many resources that come across don’t always speak to our experiences in the classroom as a teacher. There are commonalities and trends to what we experience as teachers, and it’s even more pronounced when we… Read more

Losing My Breath

Losing My Breath

Growing up an immigrant of color in the U.S. can be full of challenges and trauma. My family came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in the late 80s. I was four. While I was born there and have dual citizenship, and can’t deny the island breeze in my veins, I’m also very American. I… Read more

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?  My current teaching context is a small independent school with a predominantly white student body. In this post, I’m thinking… 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

I’ve taught 9th grade for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that they are young, ready, willing, and needing of a space to be themselves. Since I began working with a predominantly white student body, I have tweaked my approach to teaching from an anti-bias/anti-racist lens to meet the needs of the learners… Read more