Last week I felt young and then this happened and I’m all like 😩 I’m old! How? How do I have a 7th grader? Praying middle school is kind...really kind. My momma heart is in all sorts of shambles. Fix it, Jesus!
This little one started first grade this week and I am feeling all sorts of challenged. Having her in the same grade I teach may be a little tough. Trying really hard to not be a helicopter 😂😬
Sometimes I’m not as vocal on social and racial justice as I know I can and should be, but let me share something real quick. As a Latina, I am part of the global majority. I consider myself a woman of color. I come with knowledge that wasn’t taught to me; I’ve simply lived it. Even with that, I know that I have privilege. I have privilege because my skin color is lighter. Even when I enter my classroom, I possess privilege. Just because I speak Spanish like the rest of my students, it doesn’t mean that I can fully connect with them. They have experiences that I don’t. I was once talking about my daughters and how they went “upstairs” to their room. I had children look at me in disbelief because some of them did not know that there were one family homes that were multi level. I grew up in a two parent home. I have privilege. ....................................................... I often go back and forth between trying to figure out where I stand on the spectrum. Even in this skin I’m in and in my Latino experiences, I often have to find ways to de-center myself because I have privilege. All that to say, sometimes I don’t speak out as much because I haven’t done enough reading on certain matters. You see, I can easily center myself, but in the midst of that, in the fallacy that I have knowledge simply because I have some color on my skin, I can cause great harm to others. What do I do instead? I read! We all have work to do. I have a lot of work to do. If we’re not reading and educating ourselves on current matters and understanding why certain things are offensive, we are doing a great disservice to our local schools, our entire educational system and our country as a whole. We have a responsibility to educate students and that doesn’t always mean teaching kids that Johnny had two apples and Mary had three. Sometimes it means talking about real life issues in the classroom and making learning contextual to students’ lived experiences. This book has opened my eyes to so much. I can be good for my students this year but I vow to always be better for the next incoming class. Why? Because I vow to read. That’s my pledge as a teacher. Always a reader.
I hate to admit that my daughters are not fluent in Spanish. I made a Spanish portable word wall with 100 high frequency Spanish words because several people requested it. After using my daughter as a model for the resource, I realized that I can use this set to teach my kids how to read and write Spanish! Today, Kamilah is writing all about her experience with school and my heart is feeling so proud y’all. Native languages are usually completely lost by 3rd generation immigrants. I love my native language. I love my roots. I don’t want it to be lost 💕 #latinateacher #sightwords #literacycenters #firstyearteacher #palabrasdealtafrecuencia #portablewordwall #teachertribe #primarywriting #iamateacher #imateacher #primarycsresource #primarycornerstone
@digitaldivideconquer never disappoints! 😂😂
I’ve been awake and in front of my computer “ready to work” for the last two hours. Feels like this is about to become true for me 😂 I have to do lists for my to do lists right now but I just want to add Netflix binging to the list! #SummerButStillWorking #iteach #iamateacher #imateacher #teachertribe
I discovered Whole Brain Teaching several years ago and one of the things that immediately got my attention was The Super Improvers’ Wall. I love it for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is that every student has the opportunity to show growth and improvement. As teachers, we often focus on benchmark data. We can inadvertently dismiss a child because they have not met benchmark while not realizing that they had significant growth. The Super Improvers’ Wall allows for students to set goals for themselves, track their goals, and see their growth. I do not follow the steps exactly as noted in the book, but I have the big idea. I will explain how I implement it in my classroom as well as provide you with a free download so that you too, can integrate The Super Improvers’ Wall into your instruction...Read more on the blog link in profile bit.ly/SuperImprovers #studentcentered #studentgoals #superimprovers #wbt #wholebrainteaching #backtoschool #btsfresh #teachertribe #teachersofthegram #teachersofig #teachergram #iteachfirst #iteachthird #iteachk #firstyearteacher #studentteacher #studentengagement
I didn’t know I needed these blocks from the dollar spot at Target until I saw this 🤯 @theprimaryparty blows me away again! What a wonderful idea!!! I can already see my students engaged with building the sight words using these. What a way to connect stem and literacy. Please go give my fellow Bostonian a follow. Her feed always feels like a party! 💥#summerbreakshare #sightwords #sightwordpractice #literacycenters #iteachk #firstyearteacher #teachertribe