Social Justice in the Classroom

Over the weekend, I've been trying my hardest to figure out what's been going on in the world. The events in Charlottesville really got me thinking about how I approach social justice in my classroom. Last year, the day after the election, I abandoned my lesson plans and had a community circle. I allowed my … Continue reading Social Justice in the Classroom

The Planner Teacher

First off, HAPPY SUMMER!! I've officially ended my second year of teaching! (As a heads up, the blog post frequency may slow during the summer.) I think I was destined to be a teacher. I love personalized cups and mugs! Free t-shirts are my thing! I adore creating lists and bulletin boards! And office supplies are … Continue reading The Planner Teacher

Ending on a Good Note

Excuse the slight delay in blog. I just had a five-day weekend, due to the Memorial Day holiday and my little cousin’s college graduation in San Francisco! Honestly, it was a much-needed mental holiday. We have exactly eight days of school left! (I have a week-long break before I begin teaching four weeks of summer … Continue reading Ending on a Good Note

But What About Your Hair?!

As Black women, a lot of our power and perception comes from our crown, our hair. Unfortunately, we are scrutinized to a higher degree because we’re Black and female. While we have so many options (natural, faux locs, dreadlocks, perm, straight, weave/extensions, bald, braids, etc.), we tend to worry about how our hair affects us … Continue reading But What About Your Hair?!

Classroom Tool: Aggressive Monitoring

Hello!! It’s been a while since I’ve updated Views. It’s been a busy few weeks, with targeted parent conferences, my birthday (!!), ACT Aspire and CAASPP prep and testing, End of Year prep, etc. Whew! I’m back, though, and I thought it would be cool to come back with an effective classroom tool that has … Continue reading Classroom Tool: Aggressive Monitoring

A Lesson on Empathy and Language

Last Friday, I received an email from the history teacher. It was addressed to me and the other Black teacher on campus. One of the seventh grade students had called a Black student "a slave." She said that she told him that it was inappropriate in so many ways, but she wanted us to talk … Continue reading A Lesson on Empathy and Language

Self-Care is the Best Care

Teachers do everything! Not only do we teach, we must be on our A-game each day. We act as counselors, disciplinarians, entertainers, activists, advocates, beauticians (in some cases), referees, and plenty more. Five days out of the week. 189 days out of the year. We must be everything to our 15 to 200 students. And … Continue reading Self-Care is the Best Care

Today, I Gave My Students the Silent Treatment

This week was our first week back from Spring Break, one of the most necessary breaks before summer vacation, which is eight weeks away (yay!!). Yesterday, I came back so refreshed and rejuvenated. I spent the day smiling at periods 1, 3, and 5. I kept the lights off and kept the windows open. Since … Continue reading Today, I Gave My Students the Silent Treatment

#BlackTeachersMatter

Two weeks ago, I went to a networking event for Well-Read Black Girl. It was a panel of Black women who write. Many of the women began their careers simply for having a love of reading and writing instilled in them. As I looked around, we all had something in common: we had not met … Continue reading #BlackTeachersMatter