Reality of Teaching

“I ain’t writin’ nuttin’”

Says my student to her blank paper

If I don’t end up pushing

She will be set up for failure

It’s up to me to have the right mindset

I have to demand success

It may seem like a threat

But without, there will only be unrest

It’s up to us teachers to be the reform

We have the power to rewrite history

Producing academic success and equity isn’t an art form

It isn’t a magical mystery

We need to change our reality

My students’ success is in my hands

We are one big family

I am their biggest fan

Picking students from different demographics

To create cogenerative dialogues

Representing multiple geographics

Moving beyond the typical monologues

Redefining the term co-teaching

Letting our youth teach their classmates

Proving to them that we’re believing

Creating a community of team-mates

Going way beyond just the content

Generating a safe space to grow

Giving the learning environment context

Letting thoughts and ideas flow

This day in history

Did you know that on this day in 1970, Elvis Presley’s single “Suspicious Minds” hit #1 in the U.K.?

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Who cares, right? Well my mom was a HUGE fan of Elvis Presley so she definitely cared, especially back in the 70s. And she came to mind recently. I actually dreamed about her and Will Smith last night. I know, random. But Will and I were just chilling and I was telling him how much my mom loved him. He was the nicest celebrity ever, and really interesting to talk to. But also really relaxed.

I don’t even know if my mom loved Will Smith as much as I do. Growing up with the Fresh Prince, maybe he is my Elvis Presley. Except he didn’t die so young like Elvis did, thankfully. They weren’t really similar but for some reason my mind mushed them together last night in my dreams.

So to Elvis and my mom! And Will Smith who hopefully will live forever. Because he’s just awesome. 🙂