To My Journal …

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Let me ruminate a bit. I like being personally invited to events. I like being messaged or called out specifically by people. I like searching for my name and seeing my web site first on Google, and any references to me making up the majority of the search results on any major search engine. I like when people say “please” and “thank you” when they address me, and when my …

Short Notes: Wait Till I Get My Money Right

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Can we get one more day on this glorious vacation? No? That’s unfortunate. I was just getting used to hearing the sounds of nothing in the morning. A few notes:1. I can’t contain it anymore. I tried, Eva, and it’s just not working. I’m going to the Kanye West concert in NYC! My face absolutely illuminated when I got the pre-sales tickets I wanted. I even went ahead and passed …

The Triumph of the Human Spirit

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Cold Stone Creameries, Saturday.Michael Jackson blaring through the stereos above while some kids dance to it. I’m chillin’ with my girl, scooping up on Cookie Doughn’t You Want Some and bragging to his girl about being a thriller in the sack. A trip afterwards to the Virgin Megastore, and along the way, me giving pound to a dreaded VJ by the name of Sway while “The Bridge Is Over” by …

FreeCell for Emancipators

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Today was one of those defining moments for my homeroom. For those of you new to this blog, my homeroom is basically a sixth grade bilingual class for all intents and purposes, though legally, they qualify for 100% English classes due to their passing their qualifying tests. However, one or two glances at their written responses can easily tell you they’re not remotely on grade level academically. Most of them …

What’d My 5 Fingers Say To Your Blog?

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SMACK! HA HA HA! Dave Chappelle, I miss you, man. In any case, I was tagged by J. Dakar, so now I have to come up with 5 things I’d like to tell my kids. If you’re an avid reader of this blog, though, you can probably tell what the first three are: 1. Walk on water. Don’t be afraid to take risks, because once you become afraid, then you’ve …

Tan Joven

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Honestly, today’s professional development didn’t do anything to make me a better teacher, and I’m pretty sure I have a ways to go before I become a good one, and I probably could have been a better teacher if they just let me do what I needed to for the children. Fuck it, I’d rather be teaching. Speaking of which, last week, many of my kids went trick-or-treating for Halloween …

Imagine

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Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today … Field Negro’s contemplations about religion, Lupe Fiasco, my grandfather’s memorial service, and other personal issues really had me thinking about the positions I’m taking in worldly issues. It made me think about the existence of Heaven and what it means for so many of us …

Walk On Water

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When it comes to my principles, I didn’t tell them who I quoted from, but I had a discussion around them. What’s great about these principles is that I get to discuss them while secretly learning more about who they are as people and as students. I tested their ability to follow procedures and respect others’ opinions. Of the few passages I’ve taken with me from the 6 years of …

Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, A, B, Select, and Start

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They say men actually have a 6 in 10 chance of having a “successful” conversation with a woman. As a mathematician, I looked at that stat and said, “Well that means, because there’s tons of men and tons of women, that there’s a HUGE group of people that are pushing down the average of all men.” In other words, there are men who have little to no chance of having …