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…

Summer Series of Saves: S.O.S.

I am going on my twelfth year at the same Title I middle school. That is not said as a martyred projection or badge of honor, but a statement of fact, circumstances, decision making, and choices. Every teacher I know has had a rough time this past decade. Some have gone to “easier” schools, or districts, where they found a comfortable home. Some have expressed to me survivor’s guilt, and some have ‘ghosted’ our friendships, probably because working at a school like mine is hard, and it takes an emotional toll, causing me to leak out stress. Occasionally those leaks…

Moving through summer…

I wish I could say this post is urgent, but alas, I know the truth: I’m avoiding ‘real’ summer work– the projects and ideas that are supposed to rejuvenate me and get back in touch with my ‘real’ self. So here’s a deal: I’ll write this post, and then go do something. Maybe take the dog for a walk. Maybe organize my jewelry box. Or go find some Pokemon. Who knows? The world is wide open. And gotta catch ’em all. When the school year starts again, it’s closed, boxed, a hedge maze of navigating rules and schedules. And consistently…