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Selfie February or #selfieshellout

Four years ago I started a tradition of taking a selfie everyday for the month of February.   If was silly fun and I got to see the faces of people I don’t see everyday and I love.

Weirdly the world is not the same as it was four years ago so I am slightly adjusting this year. Here’s the plan:

  • Everyday for the month of February I will post a selfie
  • Everyday for the month of February I will donate a small amount of money (less than 5 dollars) to a different charity or organization that is fighting the fight.
  • I will link to that organization both in my post (I am making my instagram public for this but will also tweet and facebook)

Here’s what I need from you:

  • Join me! I am posting the first one today.  Start tomorrow and use my same organization (you definitely can chose your own)
  • Send me organizations that need support to continue their fight.  This is a big one.  I am not going to perfectly vet every single one so if you have one you love send it my way. (comment here, tweet at me, comment on facebook)
  • If you don’t agree with an org I donate to choose your own!
  • Hashtag all your posts #selfieshellout


If you donate $2 a day this is a $56 commitment.  My plan is to cut out fast food by myself this month which should more than cover this.  Maybe you do one week or maybe you do $10 a day. I don’t know your life.

I am starting with my local NPR station KPBS. But here’s an easy way to find yours.


So with out further ado. #selfieshellout


Today I am donating to KPBS in order to help protect the first amendment and also because I love NPR Politics Podcast and Pop Culture Happy Hour. #Selfieshellout

Things I am doing.


  1. Staying informed. (It’s hard because it’s overwhelming but not knowing is not an option)
  2. Spending time with women friends.
  3. Donating small amounts of money regularly.
  4. Supporting independent artists and big companies that are making the right choices.
  5. Teaching the children.
  6. Prioritizing cleaning, showering, and exercising. Gotta be fit to #resist.
  7. Telling my loved ones that I love them.
  8. Sending more real mail.
  9. Trying to save money possibly using ellevest, has anyone used them?
  10. Saying yes and showing up for as many things as I can.
  11. Finding the pieces of joy in my days.

Happy FriYay 😆#TheRevolutionWillHaveJoy

A photo posted by Radical Monarchs (@radicalmonarchs) on Jan 27, 2017 at 4:29pm PST


When the exhaustion is real.

It’s been almost a month since Ivanka’s Dad became our president-elect. (I stand with the podcast Call Your Girlfriend in refusing to say his name)  Maybe for some of you it was a win but for me it was a devastation.

I was, without a doubt, mean to the children for two weeks.  I found myself yelling for no reason.  I had no patience.  I cried over everything and nothing.

here is a sampling of my tweets:


I cried, a lot. In fact I am crying now writing this. I am still tired. I am still emotionally wrecked.  It’s only been a month and I feel like I am supposed to be better. And I am.  I am better.  This job is too hard to do when you are empty.  It is too hard to do when your heart it broken.  It is impossible to do with any sort of quality without a deep well of empathy and patience.

So I sit here with tears that are still coming a little bit too fast and empathy that is still coming a little bit too slow and say to you, If you’re ready to rebuild those things and teach the children again, I’m trying.  I will talk with you about self care. I will laugh at your stories and I will cry about the realities of the next four years. I am lucky enough to be in a place where moving out of the sad and empty phase is possible and if you want someone to do that with, I’m here. Also, if you need someone to sit with you cause you can’t I can do that, too.

With all the love,



From the mouths of…

My Children. Present without comment but with permission.

“Today I am feel really mad at all the people adults in the nation who decided to vote for someone that thinks “Making America Great Again” is done by eliminating people from this nation who want a better life.”

“We all obviously nervous. For whats gonna happen. if were gonna stay or not. Its also scary we are all being label once again.”

“I WANT MY RIGHTS.  idk what I am trying to say. I am just upset.”

“The reason I am sad is because Trump was elected but I guess it’s okay until January thats when the truble comes and the rest I don’t want to say because it’s too emotinal for me.”

” I have two older sisters who were not born here but have DACA. Donald Trump said he would take DACA away.”

“I’m scared Trump will really deport all illegal immigrants back to Mexico. If this is true, I’m not ready to see a lot of my family gone.”

“I dreamt Clinton won somehow and everything was okay.”

“He doesn’t make the laws. He can’t force people out right of the bat.”

“Why American? Well, he’s 70, maybe he’ll keel over before too long.”

“It seems that I’m not as valuable a person as I thought I was.”

“I’m worried about Trump. I’m excited about Friday.”

“I feel really pissed off about the election.”

“Today I am worried that eventually my mom and dad are in trouble and that they will eventually be taken back to Mexico or jail for being here in California.”



#CMCmath Restorative Justice and Circle Talk Resources

I spoke at CMC South today and while I am super happy with how if went there will definitely be a reflective piece about my first time speaking (outside of the safety of TMC) and all the things I need to do differently next time.

But for now I just want to put up all the resources I used.


This is the post on circles I wrote a while back.

Looking at it now I want to do a whole post on circle questions.

Restorative Justice

I condensed what is 3 days worth of training into to 45 minutes so instead of trying to type all that out I’m just going to link you to all my resources.

I said this was WashPo but it’s NY Times Magazine.  This article is a primer in RJ.

What is RJ?

Implementing RJ in Schools

Edutopia’s Collection of Links on RJ


I will post more about the talk and circles later.






I am a white lady. It’s not a surprise to anyone who has meet me, I mean I am quite obviously white, able-bodied, and female.  Which puts me in right in the majority of my students’ teachers.  In fact some of my 9th graders hadn’t had a male teacher until middle school.  Many of them could count the few non-white teachers they had on one hand. I was not one of them. I am a güerita.

It took me a lot of years to figure out I was white or at least to know it in anyway that mattered.  It took more than that for me to be able to talk about it in class.  This snippet happened recently as part of a bigger conversation.

I didn’t know I was white growing up. – me

What do you mean you didn’t know?- Student 1

Well, when did you know you were brown? – me

Like, I don’t know, always. – Student 2

I mean, seriously, like I never didn’t know. -S1

No really, think, when was the first time you knew that you were brown?. -me


I guess it was when my mom looked different than the other moms at kindergarten. I like knew those kids were white so I was not white.- S2

Yeah, I mean I always noticed kids had different skin even when I was really little. – S1

Okay, well I didn’t know being white was even a thing til high school and I didn’t realize it affected my life til I was probably 26. -me

I talk to kids about the way I grew up.  I talk about the way people look at me in stores, the way I see myself reflected in tv and books, the things people assume about me because I am white.  I talk about privilege.  I use the word privilege.  I tell them I have all sorts of privilege they don’t I’m an adult, I’m their teacher, and I’m white.

I have said this before and will say it again, I am not a magical wizard teacher.  I do not do this perfectly all the time. I do not casual inform my children about racism in the perfectly modeled lesson with questions ready and responses pre-thought.  I do though wade in to waters that are tricky.  I stumble and screw up and falter for the right words. I do not get through to every child.  White boys are a particular challenge for me in these conversations.

I can say pretending that me being a white lady didn’t matter wasn’t effective.  Thinking that the children might not notice I was white or trying not to notice they weren’t (or were) did not lead to a realistic community in my classroom.

In my student teaching I taught a class of Algebra 1 in Spanish for students who were new to the country.  My Spanish was not good enough to do this but I tried.  They tried so hard to say Schwartz but the schwa sound doesn’t really exist in Spanish so when I wasn’t there they called me güerita.  Essentially, nice white lady or white lady we like.   I would like to say that that was a tipping point in realizing my whiteness but it wasn’t.  It came much later for me.  Maybe, just maybe, the conversations in my classroom will push that timeline up for someone else.

Chalkline with Noah Cho.

Dudes, the summer lazies are hitting sooooo hard.  So this is two days late.  Ooopps.

Episode 9.

This week I am talking to an English teacher!  I know shocking.  Noah Cho is super rad.  You can read some of his writing about his amazing identity curriculum here or here.  Or some thoughts on dating while being an Asian dude here.

To listen: Code Switch or NPR Politics.

To watch: Did any of you follow the #carefreeblackkids2016 hashtag?  It was so lovely this vine  I have watched it approximately 100 things.

To read: Melinda again, Melina always.  This article on the lasting impact of Social Justice on our students of color.


People Noah thinks you should follow on Twitter:  Nicole Chung and Celeste Ing

Chalkline with Moses Rifkin.

Happy 3rd of July! I’ve been spending the days reading, sleeping, quilting, tving, listening, and what not.

Episode 8

This week we speak talk to the super cool Moses Rifkin. We talk about his curriculum, life, and work. If this episode were to have a title it’d be, “Hey guys! We’re not going to die today!”

This is a million things to listen week:

  1. Jenn’s History of Ed podcast which is awesome.  I love this dress code episode.
  2. NPR’s Code Switch! Guys, it’s good.  Just do it.
  3. Also, Radiolab’s More Perfect.
  4. This episode of This America Life featuring Lindy West and Roxane Gay.

To Read: Hilary Clinton’s Letter on The Toast


People Moses thinks everyone should follow: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and Sarah Tuttle

Chalkline with Ilana Horn. (Part 2)

Dudes,  sorry about yesterday.  It got away from me.  Which is silliness as I am not doing a whole lot these days. #summer  If you listened to the first half of this then you already love Lani would be my guess.  If you didn’t you should listen to that first cause this makes less sense without it.

Episode 7

This week’s syllabus.

To Read: Okay, real life.  My start of summer reading is rereading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  This is not cool.  Next on my list is finishing Shrill and For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood.

Oh, also this article Choosing a School for my Daughter in a Segregated City.

To Listen: Moses recommends this week’s On The Media about Orlando which I intend to go listen to right now.  Also if you missed Chalkline’s episode on Orlando it is pretty okay.

To Watch: Bryan just reminded me that I have been meaning to watch United Shades of American.  How about we watch and chat about it in two weeks?

Person Lani thinks everyone should follow on twitter:  duh, Fawn Nguyen.

Chalkline with Ilana Horn. (Part 1)


Okay, Lani and I talk too much and Lani is always on point soo this is part 1 of my interview with Lani.  In two weeks (maybe next week?) I will put up the second part. In this part we talk about her journey to PhD work, what she’s teaching, how much she loves teachers, and her observational tips.

Episode 5

This week’s syllabus:

To read:  I’m reading Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.  As a loud women myself I love hearing that I am not alone.  On a side note I tweeted to her about something and I apparently set off the trolls and dudes, from 2 tweets interacting with her I was called a cunt by at minimum 45 strangers on the internet in the course of 10 minutes. If you want a peek into her experience here is her interview on this American Life.

To read (2): Instead of listening this week I will share the statement from the unconscious woman that was assaulted at Stanford.  Read it.

To watch: So I’m watching Being Mary Jane with Gabrielle Union.  If you want some slightly trashy and hugely engaging summer binging the first two seasons are on Netflix.