Oh, Lately It’s Been So Quiet

When trying to think about something clever to name this post, the only thing that came to mind were lyrics by OK, GO. For the first time in quite some time, I’ve been able to do almost nothing. Of course, doing nothing equates to me finding a wealth of things to do–things I meant to…

No Child Left Behind

No Child Left Behind = No Child Reaching Full Potential When Congress approved this piece of legislation, they applauded themselves and persuaded the American public into believing Education Reform was well underway.   This bill was passed into law in 2001 and I am anxiously awaiting the positive reform it promises. The goals of NCLB were…

“I am not tragically colored”

I had my first encounter with race issues in the real school setting today and it made me quite upset. I find it quite funny, though, that we are studying the Harlem Renaissance just as I have to experience this. While reflecting on the painful and heartbreaking words of a parent, I was quickly reminded…

Small Potatoes

Tomorrow is my first day of placement for the semester and to be honest, I’m incredibly nervous but also really excited about the possibilities. Placement means I’m closer to my dream career and also to graduation and I am experiencing an odd mixture of emotions. I’m afraid of failing but in many ways, I think…

Stand Tall

“If I stand tall, it is because I stand on the backs of those who came before me.” –Iyanla Vanzant A few weeks ago while sitting in my living room, my roommate and I were watching the television/awards show “Black Girls Rock” on Black Entertainment Television (BET). I’ve never been one to watch BET, though…

To be an Effective Teacher

Last week, I had the pleasure of observing Dr. Alby [my cohort leader] and Ms. Schipani. While “circulating the classroom,” I saw the following words of wisdom posted on the wall next to Ms. Schipani’s desk and was in awe. I also hope to take this with me into my classroom. To be an Effective…

Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child…

Here’s to 2011

Well, its that time of year again. The time when people make resolutions they’ll only make again next year. No matter how hard we try it seems that resolutions turn into yesterday’s good ideas. However, I think the key to resolutions is taking things one step at a time. At some points, it might be…