On Moons & Poetry

Lately, I’ve been thinking about realities. Right now variations of the quote, “You are not in this world. The world is inside you” come to mind. And this is where the image of the moon comes in. Poet Natalie Diaz in conversation with Mike Albo said that one of her brothers who is addicted to

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One Lesson from Etty Hillesum’s Diaries

  It never ceases to amaze me how I continue to learn from dead people who are not blood related. While reading Etty Hillesum’s diaries which were written from 1941 to 1943, I found myself dog earring pages where I found quotes applicable to my life. One of the things that amazes me about Etty

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How I Chose a Master’s Degree

If I had the money I’d probably complete an MFA in creative writing or more specifically poetry. Since I have to be realistic, I chose a degree that I concluded would make me more marketable since I’m not planning to have book published  any time soon because I’m not writing one. I chose a Master’s

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My Least Favorite Part About Being a Teacher

As an aspiring poet, I wanted to become alluring. As a teacher-to-be, I soon figured out that the mystery within allure does not help the teacher. As I teach, I gravitate toward speaking sentences that will help set an atmosphere of connectivity. Mystery in the education setting creates barriers and misunderstandings. My humanity is behind

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First-Year Teaching Advice: The Best Piece of Advice

I remember the worries I felt before I started my teaching internship. Would students like me? Would students be smarter than me? Would I be able to manage all the tasks required of a teacher such as turning in grades and weekly less plans on time, attend all faculty meetings, and have enough energy and

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First-Year Teaching Advice: The Importance of Reflection

Reflection over my first-year teaching is what allows me to step back and look at what has and hasn’t been working. There have been days when I remember that quote by Albert Einstein: The definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviors and expecting a different outcome. I’m especially reminded of it when I reflect

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First-Year Teaching: A Reflection

As the Oklahoma teacher walkout enters its fifth day, I am reflecting over my first-year teaching, and what I need to improve when school is back in session. It’s difficult to be raw and honest about my experience of my first-year teaching because as much as I want it to look flawless and inspiring both

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