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.
It's nearing the end of the quarter, and I'm freaking out. I have about 90 essays left to grade, put into one program that calculates their grade, and then transfer those grades to another program that...you know, I don't even know what it does, but for some reason the transferring matters. Also, I am trying to avoid … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why (I Think) Our Grading Day Was Canceled
After such a brutal weekend, I sincerely just wanted to stay at home today. I wanted the hardest thing I had to deal with be whether I wanted popcorn or SunChips with my lunch. Instead, I came to work. And I'm so glad I did. Within minutes, my first period students were asking me how … Continue reading The Little Things.
My Saturday originally was going to feature me sleeping in, hanging out with my dog, starting the third season of The Great British Baking Show, and most importantly, a visit to the grand re-opening of my favorite bookstore. Instead, I went to our school's equity team retreat and my suit of armor is now dented … Continue reading Armor Took a Major Beating and Call Me Eric Clapton From Now On.
I go back to work tomorrow, and while I've been trying to ignore it, it catches my eye all the time. The suit of armor is just sitting in the corner, a dull glint shining off of it. You know the one I'm talking about. It's the full armor many people of color have to … Continue reading The Sunday Funk and Suit of Armor
I'm finally on Spring Break, and while it has been glorious and relaxing (and full of Target trips!) thus far, I cannot for the life of me get an interaction I had with a student out of my head. The moment plays out whenever I have a quiet moment. When I'm brushing my teeth, it … Continue reading That Time I Didn’t Know What To Say.