Readers, I began this journey to establishing an online presence as an educator and blogger last year. While I’ve blogged off and on for several years, I determined to use this platform to tell stories, share ideas, and provide teaching resources. So many of you have commented to me that you have enjoyed one or more post. I would like to encourage you to share this website with your fellow educators, and to subscribe to receive regular updates on new content. I commit to emailing no more than once a week, and any email would be to share new posts … Continue reading Subscribe & Enter to Win!
As a teacher, I firmly believe that personal interest plays an important role in learning and can make or break an experience. I am quick to talk about the things that interest me – race, identity, Mexico, language – because … Continue reading T.H.U.G.
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
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
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
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