Remember how I interviewed for another job? Well, I had to wait about a week and a half to hear back, and well, I heard back. They called me at 8:30 p.m., smack dab in the middle of a stress-induced Grey's Anatomy marathon. "Is this a good time to talk?" She asked. It's finally over, I thought, my … Continue reading Choices
Recently, I was trying to teach my students the difference between "to," and "too." I told them about how even adults get it wrong, especially on social media. "You know what I imagine when someone uses the wrong 'to/too'?" I asked. My students just raised their eyebrows expectantly. "If someone writes, 'that's to funny,'" I … Continue reading Introverts, Teaching, and the Right To/Too
Today is Mother's Day in Mexico, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to write about mine. I still, to this day, cannot understand how she was able to leave everything behind: her family, her house, her friends, her job, her life, and come to a different country to start almost completely over. She was younger then, … Continue reading My Mama, My Hero
*I am aware that it is now May 6th, but I don't have the mental energy to start a new post. Today is Cinco de Mayo. So that means that my day started out with my school blasting some Marc Anthony (who was born in New York, and whose parents are from Puerto Rico) song … Continue reading Science Fiction, Amygdalas, and Cinco de Mayo
So, I applied for another job. My interview was yesterday, and by the end, it took all of my willpower to not launch myself across the conference table and say, "can I start tomorrow?" It's not that the school promises to give me everything I want. In fact, there's a good chance I wouldn't even … Continue reading Wait, Did I Just Feel Hopeful? Weird.
I recently read an amazing Love, Teach post titled "How to Teach a Middle School Class in 49 Easy Steps" It was of course, amazing and hilarious and understood perfectly how chaotic it can be on a daily basis. As I sit in yet another week of required state testing, I felt inspired by this amazing … Continue reading Proctoring a Middle School State Test in 46 Easy Steps
This month has been tough, guys. First week in was the Equity Retreat Disaster of 2017, and it has just continued in a downward trend ever since. The more that happens, the more I want to reach out to people and vent. The more I try to do that, the more I realize how alone … Continue reading Mocha Island
Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I grew up with very different, often difficult hair. Along with making me miserable through my teenage years, it had the ability to draw strangers to touch it, like some weird, frizzy magnet. In class, I would feel a tug, turn around, and see someone withdrawing their hand from … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Hair, Part Two
I have big hair. It's basically an entity unto itself. It is incredibly curly (think giant ringlets mixed with kinky corkscrews), thick, and can be as coarse as steel wool if I'm without conditioner for too long (the main reason I don't go camping. My hair forbids it.). For most of my life, I hated … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Hair, Part One
As if the Equity Retreat Disaster of 2017 (its official name from here on out) wasn't bad enough, I hear through the grapevine that my Uber Vanilla Latte VP said I scare her. And no, it wasn't because of my sheer awesomeness. In fact, it was for no reason at all. She just mentioned to … Continue reading My VP Said I Was “Scary,” and Why That’s Not My Problem.