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

One Year Down, One More to Go

Last week, I was talking to one of my friends about being a teacher. She asked me about the process of becoming a teacher. She doesn’t want to become a teacher, but she was curious because she used to think it was easy until she saw how much work I do. I tried to explain … Continue reading One Year Down, One More to Go

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

Dangerous [Unmotivated] Minds

When I first decided to take the steps to becoming a teacher, I already knew that I wanted to work in an urban area. In Los Angeles, there are plenty of schools that fit that description. As a Black woman, I wanted to teach in a school where the demographics are often overlooked. Once the … Continue reading Dangerous [Unmotivated] Minds

Tough Love in Seventh

As much as I love my students, I know that they tend to be extremely lazy. Today, I checked the Lexile levels of each of my class periods. While each class has been increasing since August (almost 150+ Lexile level growth per class!!!), I noticed a pattern. The class period with the lowest class Lexile … Continue reading Tough Love in Seventh