On Waiting: Advent 2020

Do you ever learn something for the first time that you have known your entire life? I’ve always known, intellectually, that the word advent means the arrival of something or someone notable, and that the advent season is all about … Continue reading On Waiting: Advent 2020

On Teaching and Mothering

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

An Open Letter to Teachers during a Global Pandemic

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

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