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.

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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

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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! 

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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.

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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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Anything is possible, but how many individuals understand the power of this word? Merriam Dictionary defines this as the ability for something to exist. The idea that something has a potential promise is something we can look to when we may fear not reaching certain goals in life. We can look at a s...

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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...

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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...

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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:

  1. Bullying
  2. Gossip
  3. Hormones
  4. Peer Pressure
  5. Cyber Bullying
  6. School Auditions

Some of these terms were no ...

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For the past three years I have taught the lesson of self-value to audiences of women and teenage girls.  One of the lessons that always keeps the room engaged is my discussion about self-value.  I usually begin to ask everyone to highlight the attributes they love about themselves with an additio...

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