• Teaching Urban Self-Care Challenge

    Subscribe now to receive your Teaching Urban Cafe Three Week Self-Care Challenge. The first 100 people to subscribe will be eligible to receive a free action plan to support their self-care goals. Please note: To receive a free Teaching Urban Cafe Action Plan a teacher survey must be submitted by July 31st. Challenge begins Monday, August 5th, 2019

  • Feedback With a Purpose

    I spent about two hours writing feedback to my students on their paragraph writing. The next day in class I provided time for them to review the feedback, rewrite their paragraphs and resubmit their work for grading. When I went home that night to look over their work I saw minimal improvements. My students don’t realize how much of my personal time goes to supporting them. I refuse to have my time wasted so I created this Student Reflection For Paragraph Writing Form I’ll update you on it’s effectiveness by the end of this week.

  • They Stopped Me

    They stopped me. I walked into my colleagues office first thing in the morning just to role play. It’s crazy how I’m 7 years into my profession and I have to role play because as a black woman from the South Bronx, I may come across as too forward, ghetto or as the ANGRY BLACK woman. The whole situation kept me up last night; I was thinking about the comment my principal said to one of my students and I just couldn’t let up on it. I had to speak up. I had to speak up for MY people. I formulated a question to initiate the conversation “what did you…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Why it’s essential to teach muticultural education

    I am so excited about teaching global this year. For the past 3 years I’ve taught U.S. and have been limited to the curriulum because it’s a regents class. I am sitting here on my couch attempting to write a grocery list, when this article caught my eye. “I used to be a Neo-Nazi” I questioned. I assumed there was no changing those people. As I read his story there was one thing that was really disturbing to me, they could be my colleague or neighbor. A point that the former neo-nazi made during the interview for Flipboard’s article is that his generation avoided mainstream media and only interacted with…