Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spirit, I'm available...

This academic year has pulled me back to my roots/ foundations. Why is education important (especially for working class students of color)? What does a rigorous classroom/ school/ teacher look, sound, and feel like?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Finally...

Since I turned in my notice, I can officially say that I'll be working for a new school district in the Fall. To say I'm excited would be an understatement!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Check in

Oh man! A lot has been going on behind the scenes this year. In October, I presented at a Best Practices conference. I also presented at a Tech Ed conference with a colleague in February. In addition, I'll be working with a student teacher in March. I am definitely ready for the next step...

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day

The first day of school went well. For the most part, the students are well behaved, however I have huge classes (30+) this year! Let's hope that there's enough funds to hire another teacher and/or some students transfer to a different school.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Dreams of Difference

*Sigh* To quote Lorraine Monroe, a gifted administrator & consultant, "when I think of the power of the crazy, creative maniacs who actually carried that first school where I taught and what a great school we could have created, I regret our timidity and lack of daring in not starting our own school." Heavy stuff.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vague-ish update

It's hard writing here without giving away too many specifics... I'm neutral about this school year. This is my 8th year of teaching and I think I'm hitting that 'seasoned and hardened' stage. I know that I still have a lot to offer and yet... I know that I haven't found my 'ideal' situation yet. Is there even such a thing? Can I find it without relocating? Will this place/ position closely match my philosophy of teaching? I'm determined to find out. I know my next career move has to require that I step forward as a teacher-leader. I've been complacent for way too long. I currently have no interest in an administrative position. However, I would love to be a teacher-activist and I can see myself as a comfortable & knowledgeable presenter. So, I guess this year is all about taking those small steps to see those goals realized. Well, I do have an opportunity in October to present to a group of colleagues, so there's a start!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summertime

It seems like I only post on here when there's change in the air... anyways, just a quick check in. More another time.