• Literacy in History

    He asked me if I was teaching ELA this year. I had been working on my bulletin board for the start of my year. It included the book covers of historical text. Although it was an odd question from a teacher, I was happy to get my message across. There is literacy in history! So many people in our community believe reading should remain solely in the English Langauge Arts classrooms. I beg to differ, which is why I am building a new library to support scholars. I taught Global History seven years ago at another school and I don’t have the resources that I would like to use. My students…

  • Resting Bitch Face

    My boyfriend asks me at least 3 times a day “what’s wrong?” It’s my RBF “Resting Bitch Face”. I get a bit annoyed because he already knows this. When i’m in deep thought, which is more often than not, I squish my eyebrows together and the corners of my mouth turns downward. After the first time he asks, I begin to get agitated. One day while in the presence of company a friend asks me what’s wrong?, my response is don’t you know me already? My boyfriend chimes in using air quotes “I ask her that all the, it’s her RBF”. I  respond calmly “and it annoys me all the…

  • Growing Pains

    It really hit me this morning forcing my insecurities to return. I saw a seat open on the train and quickly walked towards it so I could sit and continue reading my novel, but when I lowered myself my right hip partly rested on the woman’s bag beside me and my other hip gently kissed a woman’s hip on my left. Shit! My hips had spread from the weight I gained. I had two choices either get up and everyone on the car realizes that I was too big and played myself or sit squished like the banana stuck between my laptop and notebook in my bag. Both awkward. There were…

  • Teaching Kindness

    I love going on my spiritual retreats each year up in the Catskills. It’s the opportunity to just relax and free my mind. Often times I try to create the opportunity for relaxation in my home or at the office but there is always something pulling me to do work, so being around nothing but beautiful scenery and enjoying relaxing activities are something I look forward to. A few years ago, I attended a retreat for educators and it made me conscious of teaching kindness in my classroom. As teachers, we are always so focused on teaching content and getting our students to pass exams that we forget to teach…

  • Teacher-Coaches= Effective Change

    Have you ever wanted to change the world, but being one person, it seems nearly impossible? I am asked why I earned another Master’s Degree just to teach teachers. I could come up with a few reasons but… Besides teacher coaching being beneficial for the school I work for, my heart goes out to helping my people. How my mind works is that if I help teachers who teach the children in my city, I will make an impact, which is why I take pride in being a model and teacher-coach. I earned another degree to better service my people. Besides people are more likely to trust those with credentials.

  • Balance

    I took advantage of having an hour extra when we put our clocks back on Sunday. I haven’t been myself lately. Who would have thought this superwoman would finally reach a point of exhaustion. I should have seen this coming from a distance but of course being a woman who hates to ask for help and who is always trying to save the world I played it off to save face. I mean I’m not broken or anything but I am over everything and everyone and its only November. My tolerance for people’s bullshit is nonexistent. It feels more like May. Of course, this is all my fault. No one…

  • Children Aren’t Lazy

    Sitting here watching a netflix documentary, I hear a teacher identify a student as “lazy” while comparing him to another young man who had better grades. Children aren’t lazy they lack the interest or motivation to participate in certain activities. This was the first year in my teaching career that I moved up with my students. Last year, I had a student who was not interested in History at all. She would purposely come to class late and out of uniform. She refused to complete her assignmnets, especially homework. She was what people would label, (like the lady in the documentary) “lazy”. I tried hard to make her comfortable in…

  • 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…