Author’s note: Sometimes I need a reminder that I am indestructible. I figure that if I need it, others might need it too. So here’s a re-post. Obviously I wrote it when I was still teaching teenagers, but that makes it no less powerful. Whatever you’re going through– head up. You have not come so far to fail now.
I am invincible. I have stood on mountains of my own making, built and scaled in the name of what I could be. What I am. I have lived lives you would not dream of, screamed in the face of whatever reality has tried to lower me to standards that are less than worthy, and defeated foes that tried so desperately to crush me in a million ways. I have stomped down on anything that was beneath me and made myself greater than what was expected. I am the rock that withstands fires, the tree that withstands floods, and the soul that withstands whatever baseless and basic slings that you would throw at me. I have overcome every obstacle, screamed in defiance against every turmoil, and I have succeeded. I am more than whatever you see in me. I am a rage and fire that you cannot even sense, hidden behind something that is so much more than what you perceive. I am greatness. Continue reading
In 1001 AD, a man named Leif Ericsson started trading with indigenous peoples in North America. 500 years later a different guy showed up on the same continent, thought he was somewhere else, claimed to have discovered all the people already living there, and then began raping and killing his way into our history books. Continue reading
People have been demanding an education reform in the US for as long as I can remember. And rightly so– because in case you’re not aware, the education in the US is… less than spectacular. So, people demanded a change in education. And we got one! Enter stage left: The Common Core.
For as long as I can remember, my life has been composed of set and reached milestones. There’s always been a goal, a dream, an aspiration to reach or improve upon daily. There’s always been a purpose.
Author’s Note: Someone asked me to me about this post, so I’m putting it back up. Enjoy.
I don’t understand how the sheer amount of our text-based communication is constantly increasing but our ability to actually communicate through the written word is inversely decreasing. Facebook, text messages, IM, e-mail– all of these things rely almost exclusively on literacy. There are no facial expressions or body movements to infer information from. No voice inflections or tone that may be used to better understand what someone is saying. Everything requires comprehension through the written word. So… you’d think that things that assist with literary comprehension (like spelling, grammar, and sentence structure) would be MORE important now than ever, no? Continue reading