Foster mother seemed like a monster to me. She was the female version of Hulk. A giant that I hoped I could escape from. I stared at anything that would show my reflection to understand what made me so unacceptable. Caretaker told me I was not worth hugging because I was too black for anyone to care. She reminded me that my father would never accept me either as he believed I was a curse for his reputation.
The day you left is one I will never forget
I waited for 18 years to hear your words
A moment where you could look me in the eyes
A time when your words mattered
There are no words to express what it feels like to be hit with a pot cover, pushed out of a moving vehicle, and smothered with the fist of an adult who appears like Hulk Hogan to a five year old!
Sometimes we maintain a secret because we are afraid of the rejection that ensues if who we are is revealed. Some secrets are not harmful. We all love a good birthday surprise, but others can wreak havoc in our bodies and cause the same damage every time the memory of the event is recalled.
The first day of my communication course at a 2-yr college would begin with my instructor introduction. Educators know that the foundation of a good course is to establish rapport with students at the onset. I observe the urban students who display a look of determination towards reaching academic g...
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In the Article, “We Are the Ones in the Classrooms—Ask Us!” the Boston Student Advisory council highlights that authenticity is valued in engaging student learners. The idea is to provide a rich environment for learning that builds the hope and promise of our young. It is always upsetting w...
Graduating from Middle School and entering into a High School is a major step in an adolescents life. To be a young student in society today can be a challenge for some. The problem with bullying is evident and as a community (teachers, parents, students, and counselors) we have to set a standard to...
What makes the light bulb click for a student? This past week I asked a group of teens to jot down the challenges that impede their learning. They quickly began to yell out the following words:
- Peer Pressure
- Cyber Bullying
- School Auditions
Some of these terms were no ...
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