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For Hesitant Poets

April 27, 2020

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With words like Legos, words like clay, let’s shape ourselves some poems today! 

Remembering Manu Dibango

March 27, 2020

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"When you're gone, it's finished." -Manu Dibango

Antiracism in The Archive

February 4, 2020

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I heard bell hooks give a speech in which she implored listeners to "decolonize our minds."

Finding Old Friends in the Archive

January 31, 2020

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I've finally finished organizing The Archive!!!

Identity Erasure

January 30, 2020

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“Come out! Come out, whoever you are! Closets are for clothes! Be proud of who you are!” In my classroom, every. single. student. was guaranteed, through policy, protocol, and advocacy, their right to free and full expression of their identity, no matter what. It wasn’t true everywhere at school. I remember how one principal tried […]

Why “Ms”?

January 29, 2020

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One of the most annoying aspects of being a teacher is constantly being called out of my name. No, I don’t mean when a student loses their temper and goes off using profane phrases. I mean when students and colleagues insist on calling me “Miss” eddy, or, worse yet, when a principal shortened my first […]

Shoe Box Speech 1990

January 28, 2020

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For my very FIRST time (ever!) addressing a group of students as a Language Arts teacher, I gave this speech...