I read this article from The New York Times today about how low-income high school kids have so many barriers to college entrance. The article profiles three students from Kansas trying to figure out if they can attend college. For one, who is bright and a good test taker, the thought of taking the ACT … Continue reading Day 24: The Price of Access
My awesome colleague Michelle is always quick to remind me that the energy I direct to any situation determines how it plays out. Because I have lived that out in practice, I decided to have an enjoyable snow day with my boypie. And, because it seemed poetic, of sorts, I offer the following catalog poem … Continue reading Day 14 Catalog Poem for a Snow Day
My teaching assistant this semester is a student I had as a sophomore who returned to "help" me during her senior spring. Mind you, this is the same student who said I should have a reality TV show and call it "Hell's English." I love this kid. Seriously. I do. Last week, she came into … Continue reading Slice of Life 12: Do You Have Any Advice?
I get asked to mentor a preservice teacher a few times a year. I tell all programs that ask me that I'm only interested in doing it for a teacher of color. I'm not making any claims that I'm great shakes, but I do think that there are simply particular things about teaching--the hidden curriculum, … Continue reading #sol17 Day 4: Mentoring Moments
I’ve been thinking a lot about my professional networks. These include who I know in real life, who I admire and follow on social media, and who I generally look to for advice and insight. I tend to turn to these folks when I want to know more about an issue, or to seek solidarity, … Continue reading #sol17 Uneasy Silences