The Danger of a Single Story: Stereotypes and Misconceptions in (and out of) the Classroom

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

We Teach Who We Are

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

Eastern State Penitentiary

Recently I went to visit my friend Leanne in Philadelphia. She’s a Louisiana native who moved to PA a few years ago, and she invited me to come see the city before she leaves it to move back to Louisiana permanently. I love traveling – LOVE it – and I have yet to visit a place I’ve regretted seeing, but I enjoyed Philadelphia even more than expected. There was so much to see, from Independence Hall to Betsy Ross’s house to the oldest Italian restaurant in the country. The city is very walkable, which I liked, and we covered about … Continue reading Eastern State Penitentiary

Last Year’s Words, Next Year’s Voice

I have a love-hate relationship with social media, particularly Facebook. What I love: seeing pictures, knowing what old friends and acquaintances are up to, reading about things that can be conversation starters in social settings, keeping up with family members and feeling close to my nieces and nephews even though I am far away, and following things like WordPorn and Humans of New York. What I hate: the sheer amount of time I spend on it, the lack of self-control I have when it comes to checking my newsfeed 1,000 times a day, ignorant discussions, any reminder that Donald Trump … Continue reading Last Year’s Words, Next Year’s Voice

Welcoming 2019

The past four months since my last post have flown by while I sit here with so many good intentions of posting and several topic ideas. As I enjoy a quiet morning and a warm cup of coffee, I hardly know where to begin. A new year is just around the corner, and I am eagerly anticipating 2019 and the potential it brings. Many of you know that I struggle with depression and anxiety, and while my depression is well-managed at the moment, my anxiety seems to soar every day. A sent text message, a bridge with low guardrails, a … Continue reading Welcoming 2019

Year 10

I’ve been waiting for the time in my schedule to write about starting a new school year since the school year began on August 6th. That just hasn’t happened, so I am taking a break in the midst of preparing for tomorrow’s classes and longing to climb between the sheets of my bed. I still can’t believe it when I say it, but this year begins my tenth year of teaching. I have been in three schools, six classrooms, and have taught hundreds of kids. I am not sure what the exact – or even close – number is because … Continue reading Year 10

Everything I Needed to Know about Kids

The day I thought would never come is finally here: the end of summer camp. For parents, that might mean the initiation of the stressful period between summer camp ending and school starting. For kids, it’s the day they have to say goodbye to water slides, bouncy houses, and friends. For me, it’s better than the last day of school of my worst school year. Since I love kids and have such wonderful nieces and nephews – and a beautiful godchild, of course – I thought that I would be a perfect fit for working with three-to-five-year-olds. They wouldn’t have … Continue reading Everything I Needed to Know about Kids