• They’re watching. They are always watching

    I recently posted a picture of the books I read this summer. I woke up to a direct message on instagram from one of my former students who expressed their interest in the Malcom X autobiography. I refused to part with my own copy of course so, I asked the young man for his address and had a copy sent to his home through my Amazon prime account. One afternoon he came to school to visit his mentor and stopped by my classroom to say thank you. A few days after seeing him, he proudly explained in another message that he would be taking an African American history course and…

  • The bad student

    I was asked to collaborate on a workshop for incoming freshman with my colleagues. We are known for managing our classrooms well and administrators believed that we would be best fit for this particular job. While planning, we decided to have one of our former students come into our room while we were hosting our workshop and disrupt the session, eventually introducing the graduate to students and having a debrief about his behaviors. While conducting the workshop there was something that kept sticking out to me.  My colleague repeated “how did he act like a bad student”, or asked “what makes a bad student?”. She meant no malice, but there…