Black History Month is coming to a close, but it is not too late to squeeze in a lesson or two to celebrate and recognize the significance of this time. Growing up, I was taught the following lies about America: … Continue reading Black History Month
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
Today is April 1, which, for many, means a day of tomfoolery and trickery. I’ve always hated April Fools Day, but that’s irrelevant. I LOVE April 1 because it is the start of National Poetry Month! In the Age of COVID-19, you are probably displaced from your classroom and distanced from your students. Many of you are delivering online instruction with very few resources. Coming up with lesson ideas might prove to be difficult, and you might wonder how you can stimulate your students’ thinking while not overwhelming them when they, too, are feeling all the feels. One writing exercise … Continue reading Let the Poems Begin!
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