Posts Categorized: Reflection

What I Told My Seniors

What I Told My Seniors

I didn’t realize how unprepared I was for Trump’s election. I had simply not thought that result through. Immediately I began receiving text messages. My father’s words to all of his children will stay with me. I was teary eyed as I dropped Analiz off at school. I cried a bit when I arrived at… Read more

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teachin’ Ain’t for the Weak

Teaching at Headwaters is quite the change of pace & style for me. The main differences are the creative autonomy I have and the student academic freedoms they enjoy.  I wrote more about that here. What are the main differences?  1. Debriefing class/lessons. 2. Offering students the opportunity to reassess and try again at demonstrating their… Read more

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

Not Your Momma’s Mockingbird

I’ve taught 9th grade for many years and one thing I’ve learned is that they are young, ready, willing, and needing of a space to be themselves. Since I began working with a predominantly white student body, I have tweaked my approach to teaching from an anti-bias/anti-racist lens to meet the needs of the learners… Read more

Hope

Hope

Working at this independent school has been a great and challenging experience for me. The biggest challenge? I have never taught in a classroom where I was the ethnic minority. I have never taught in a classroom where the group wasn’t Latino. That was a big shift and certainly something that impacted HOW I taught,… Read more

Academically Free

Academically Free

After teaching at an oppressive, regimented, “turn around” school district, I can now say I know what it means to be academically free. Those who’ve taught in such spaces understand what I mean when I use those words above. It’s a space where all my steps are watched, all my mistakes are counted, all my… Read more