Goodbye, October. I’m done with you. Done.
October is said to be the toughest month for teachers. I’m not sure where this belief originated (and I’m too busy to Google it), but I certainly believe it. I can’t remember much about October 2010 other than driving half a day to see Shakira perform in Houston. This clearly means I’ve blocked out whatever I experienced during this time- that’s probably a good thing. This time around, October was challenging but I had an overall decent month that went by quickly. Good. As November rolls in, I’m excited for what lies ahead.
That said, I am also extremely tired. Our boys (and girls) won their first game of the season last night, which is an awesome way to start a new basketball season. However, the game was nearly an hour and a half away, so I continued the trend of spending far too much time at my school and not enough time sleeping. Oh well…
Compared to 12 months ago, I feel more empowered as an educator and I feel much more self-confident as a black male role model. Recently, I’m on auto-pilot a lot trying to deal with some science curriculum discrepancies, but I enjoy most days because I am able to think critically about the choices I make in my classroom in order to improve student engagement and behavior. How can I expect my students to think critically if I don’t do it myself? Some classes have further to go than others, but we are getting to where we need to be and I am hopeful for the future.
As excited as I am for November, I’m even more excited for my upcoming trip to New York City. I’m participating in the Opportunity Nation Summit this weekend and I can’t wait! I worked at Be The Change, Inc. on the ServiceNation campaign in 2009 and I’m looking forward to reuniting with this great organization and the amazing people associated with the campaign as we seek to shape national dialogue and policy concerning educational and economic opportunity in America. Stay tuned for more updates.
Finally, in honor of today being a binary day, translate this code for a special message:
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