Do You Even Scholastic, Bro?

Hey, Y'all! It's been a while since I've blogged. I've been hella busy with lesson planning and getting used to this semester's new unit about identity formation and transformation. Anyway, I don't think I've ever written about how Scholastic Book Clubs have changed my life and classroom. Lemme tell y'all!! This year, I started having … Continue reading Do You Even Scholastic, Bro?

Write to Literacy: Kelly Gallagher Saved My Students’ Writing

Last month, I attended a conference with Kelly Gallagher as the speaker. First of all, if you don’t know how much Kelly is #TeachingGoals, you better get hip! Secondly, he teaches at one of my former high schools. After only one semester, I opted to transfer because, at the age of 15, I recognized that … Continue reading Write to Literacy: Kelly Gallagher Saved My Students’ Writing

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

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

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

Finding Your Sunshine

When I was in middle school, I didn’t have young teachers. We sat in 50-minute classes and took notes diligently. There were no games, no unique opportunities to learn, nothing—just textbooks and reading. When I decided to become a teacher, I vowed to always have fun in the classroom. One unique feature on my school’s … Continue reading Finding Your Sunshine

Testing to the Classroom

I don’t remember much about elementary and middle school. I tend to block out those awkward years of my life. However, I do remember having to take the STAR test in 5th grade. My teacher, Ms. Tracey, used to allow us to bring “brain food,” like Goldfish and Cheez-Its, and pillows for a post-test nap. … Continue reading Testing to the Classroom

Someone, Give This Teacher a Nap

I work at a charter school in Los Angeles. The student to teacher ratio, in each class period, is 32:1. (Considering I once taught a class of 40 at another school, this is great.) With block scheduling and stationed classes, I only teach 16 students per hour in one class period. The other 16 are … Continue reading Someone, Give This Teacher a Nap

Oh, the Wonder-Full Seventh

When I was in middle school (1999-2002), I only remember reading entire novels as a class. To be honest, I only remember reading Night by Elie Wiesel and The Giver by Lois Lowry. I also remember reading and acting out a few Edgar Allan Poe poems. I don't remember much of how we read literature; it just kind … Continue reading Oh, the Wonder-Full Seventh