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Embracing Uncertainty: A Brave Voyage

Yesterday it was over 60 degrees here in the DMV. Today there are several inches of snow on the ground and a howling wind.  What a difference a storm makes.  The weather is a really good teacher about what it means to embrace uncertainty and change. Even though humans have learned to track and predict […]

The Afrofuturistic Vision of Kwanzaa

Today is the last day of Kwanzaa. Habari Gani? Imani. Faith.  For our family this ends a season of holidays that begins with a few birthdays and Thanksgiving, and includes the Winter Solstice, Christmas, and New Year’s Day (though sadly I have forgotten the black eyed peas…is it too late? It might be too late.) […]

Winter Solstice: A Contemplation

I am learning to see in the dark.  Every year my family helps run a Black family camp in the Mendocino Woodlands that has existed since the 1960s. My grandmother started it with her friends; my son is a fourth generation camper. We have been on hiatus for two years, but I have great hope […]

Don’t Wait ‘Til the Water Runs Dry

Have you measured your tank lately? This week I did and noticed it was low!  But I have grown so much. Instead of having a debilitating meltdown, I took a day off to prevent one. I recently noticed a sub on campus (finally!). When I felt the onslaught of obligations leading up to an energy […]

How I Teach: Long Division

Long division is my least favorite math unit.  I am positively giddy when a student arrives already having learned it. Leap forward two spaces to word problems, kid.  It’s just so tedious. I also can’t decide whether it is important or not. Because calculators. There is no need to pull out a pad of paper […]


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