Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

But then, as the test time continued, police sirens wailed as a ghetto bird (helicopter) began circling above the area. And it hit me. Not that I did not know, but it was a reminder. The constant stress and trauma these students deal with, this girl included, makes it hard to come to school, and even harder to focus when they decide to show up. And sadly, the students have become numb; they didn’t even look up with curiosity about the noises they were hearing. Like the usual sounds of a small dog barking in the suburbs of our nation’s cities, there was no strangeness in the sounds they heard. No alarm to the situation. Just another every day sound in their everyday lives. … More Recognizing the Resilience in My Students: Understanding the Social Context of Urban Schools

“F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor

I wrote the following post as a Facebook status back in January during my time as a student teacher in San Diego. The sentiment still remains and, as I venture to the new school year as a teacher, I am remembering how annoyed I am at times. I added more at the end. ____________ I … More “F you, Pedophile!”: A rant from a Teacher/Coach/Mentor

Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education

Introduction In Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King used an evocative rhetoric and extensive vocabulary to exclaim a message of equality and freedom.  Quoting the declaration of Independence, he spoke of his hope that America would develop into a nation, working on grounds that “all men are created equal”.  … More Black Boys in Peril: A Literary Review of Authors Analyzing Issues For Young Black Males in K-8 Education

My Open Letter to Drake: An Opportunity for Positive Change

Dear Drake, I want to start off by congratulating you on your success. Your talents in acting and music have led you to become a superstar across the globe. I am a fan of your music, as are my family, friends, and youth that I teach and coach. Since this country was founded, it has … More My Open Letter to Drake: An Opportunity for Positive Change