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Racism is Why Most Black People Can’t Swim

It is clear from our current political climate that some Americans are in denial about the far reaching hand of racism in this country and how it affects people of color today. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, “nearly 64 … Continue reading

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Beginning 35

I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions.  I set goals in August when my birthday is.  These are my goals for year 35 of life. Goal 1 – Determine if the Ph.D. program is for me. Last week, I was crazy … Continue reading

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Concluding 34

In about an hour, I will officially be 35.  As I close out my 34th year of life, I am grateful.  Thirty-four was a chill year.  It was a year of growth where I started to become more self-aware of … Continue reading

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We Need to Bring Enthusiasm & Positivity Back to Education

Share One week ago, the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township held its opening day for staff.  Any person who worked in the school district was in attendance at Ben Davis High School to get pumped up for the school year. … Continue reading

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A Lesson from the Royal Wedding

I, like many people around the world, tuned in to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  I know many people would be surprised to learn I watched … Continue reading

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Tuesday Thoughts – Spare the Rod; Spoil the Child is Not in the Bible so Stop Using it to Justify Your Discipline Practices

As an educator, I am tasked with managing my classroom and getting children to follow directions without putting my hands on them.  Although corporal punishment was once a widely used form of discipline in schools, most schools steer away from … Continue reading

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Educator’s Barnes Top Six Posts

In 2009, I began working in the MSD of Wayne Township as an middle school English teacher at Chapel Hill 7th/8th grade Center.  I worked there for five years.  During that time, I learned how to use WordPress and had … Continue reading

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Monday Musings: Don’t Forget Gratitude

If you read my Monday Musings last week, you know I was in a car accident and my car was totaled.  I was grateful to be alive, but could only see ruined plans such as having absolutely no debt except … Continue reading

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Monday Musings: October Reflections – My Month in Review at Indy/Ed

I have decided that my first Monday Musings of each month will include links and my reflections about all of my Indy/Ed posts from the previous month. I began writing for Indy/Ed, an education blog that is part of the Citizen … Continue reading

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Monday Musings: Teachers Take Time to Take Care of Your Relationships

Newsflash:  There’s more to life than teaching! A lot of time, planning and sacrifice goes into being an effective educator, but you should not sacrifice your relationships.  Although I am an English/Language Arts academic coach as well as a teacher, … Continue reading

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