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Mar 21 2015

#91: Affinity

One of my former students approached me around October. He really wanted to start an LGBT group and wanted me to sponsor it. I wondered why he had approached me. Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for candor and for answering frank questions from students. I’ve always made sure to affirm the identities of…

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Mar 04 2015

Seven Truths About Being a Minority (hint: you don’t choose it)

This post has been a long time coming. It all starts with one really simple question. Why would I choose to be a minority? From the outside I seem like the stereotypical perfect American girl. I am good looking, I have good hair, I dress well, I take care of myself, I am intellectual, I…

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Mar 01 2015

The Prophetic Fish

                  “Teacher, my dad buyed me a pet!” exclaimed Dino, shifting back and forth beaming down at a plastic 6 oz. cup with murky water and, sure enough, a fish swimming around.  This was my third day as a teacher in the U.S. and because the district…

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Feb 22 2015

A Reflection (It’s NEVER Ok Not To Say Anything)

I have been in my town for almost three years now. I completed my two years in the corps and stayed on to finish my third year so I could get my certification, complete my Masters and help one of my favorite students. Looking back, I can see how much I have changed and developed…

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Feb 03 2015

Please Help My Students See Selma!

https://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/selma-for-my-students-/300821 “Martin Luther King, Jr.? Miss, who’s that?” The question stopped me in my tracks and caused me to turn around with an uncontrollable look of disbelief.  I’m not a stranger to the disproportionate representation of black faces and history in many American classrooms, but Dr. King? Surely everyone in America knows him, even if they…

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Feb 01 2015

committed to a third year!

Just withdrew my job application from another city and committed to a third year in my placement school. I think about 3/4 of my cohort of 26 will likely be doing the same. I’m thrilled for many reasons – just one of which is that in staying a third year, I’m proving so many of…

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Jan 06 2015

I’ve cried ten times

I’ve cried in my classroom nine times that I remember. Once the fifth week of school my first year when my class talked about me behind my back (and by behind my back I mean in front of my face in a circle while I sat in the middle of the room hating myself) and…

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Jan 03 2015

#90: Resolved

It’s the twilight of Christmas break, the first one in my career that I didn’t limp into. A lot has changed this year. I have changed a lot this year. I’m hesitant to read back on any of the older entries here. I remember when I had Live Journals in high school. When I became…

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Dec 23 2014

It’s not you, it’s me

I never thought I’d be one to leave a school mid-year. I am not a quitter and I’ve always prided myself on never giving up. But as the choices become more complex, and less black and white, I’ve realized that sometimes not giving up on a dream means walking away from something that you know…

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Nov 29 2014

things change.

The past few weeks have been full of upheaval; for someone who hates change as much as I do, I’ve struggled to remain positive in the face of so much transition. I suppose some of this is to be expected. In some ways, what I had last year – mentors everywhere, a close and well-defined…

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