Ring Light

There were more than a few times when I told students that I was not a television, video, or YouTube star, I was a human, talking in real time, and to actively listen and practice solid metacognitive thinking, having a dialogue/exchange is one of the ways we learn from each other. Face to face. In person. Well. I joked with my students (we started school on September 9) that now I am a YouTube star. One student said WHAT IF YOU DID MRS. LOVE?! What if I did indeed. My chubby face, grandma-wave-bye-bye-arms, and extremely warm workspace (yes, that’s the…

the case for historical fiction

John Oliver’s recent episode about history in the United States summed up what many of us have been thinking, saying, and advocating for for a long time. (Language warning. It is HBO, after all.) We teachers must do a much better job at making sure our ELA, History, Science, Math and electives reflect and provide more than dates and events, and especially the racism of omission. Some teachers don’t know where to start with this process, so I’ll offer a few suggestions and resources, and overall, this is a case made for adding accurate and representational historical fiction to your…

All in a summer’s day

Today is unquestionably beautiful: the summers in the Pacific Northwest are glorious. It’s 9:30 AM, 68°F, relatively low humidity, and sunset is at 8:56PM tonight. I mention that because summer is light and warmth. Now I love a good, Gothic, gloomy rainy day next to the vampiric girl, but I can appreciate summer, too. I’ve used Mary Oliver’s line from this poem as a personal tagline for over a decade: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Well, I am not sure now. It’s still one, still wild, but I don’t…

Series: White People Homework (30) Love

Heeding this advice. ♥️ https://t.co/Ka8ZxGqC5B — Cornelius Minor (@MisterMinor) June 28, 2020 This last week of June has been full of tears, grief and sorrow. No, no one I knew was sick or died. Wait–yes, someone just this morning reported the death of a cousin. And though I’ve reached the last of the thirty days of posting, the work, thinking, and focus is not over–it’ll never be over. My husband and I have been doing all right during the quarantine. Some little snarls here and there, but nothing that’s a big deal. We mostly move around the house, separated by…

Chewing joy.

This is going to be an odd confession: I dislike the word “joy.” I don’t know why. The cynic in me? The grumpy old lady? The word feels blandly chewy in my mouth. I don’t like the texture of it. It’s the uncooked tofu of words. When I think of Marie Kondo and things ‘sparking joy’ I look around my ‘stuff’ and my happiness is diminished because seeing it through another’s eyes makes me doubtful and harnesses my insecurities. But this morning I got an uncharacteristically early text from my dear friend, suggesting I do something joyful today, or that…

Time.

I don’t have this entirely substantiated, so if my facts are incorrect, I apologize–this is a quick sketch of my new teaching position and how the students’ classes are structured. I believe my principal made this change last year in order to help more students recover credits and graduated on time or close. There are a few pathways for students at this alternative high school, but the shift has been to offer ‘day school’ options alongside the computer programs and off-campus options. I’m still learning more about those, and can’t speak to them. However, here’s my role: I was hired…

Fresh Start 101

Do students come to your classroom year with reputations?  Well. Yes. And–I’m struggling with the past clinging to some students. That’s about as diplomatic as I’m can muster right now. How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent THE PRESENCE OF JUSTICE A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers. ADRIENNE GREEN JUN 29, 2017 A growing body of evidence has shown that the American education and criminal-justice systems dole out harsher and more frequent discipline to black youth compared with their non-black peers. But while most…