The Art of Persuasion

There are many things to consider when trying to persuade, specially in writing. Tone + Style: Be confident and positive. However, avoid exaggeration and hyping your topic up because this is typically a turn-off. Make sure the request is action-oriented and lively. Use “you”, “we” and “I” as sparingly as possible. Be objective in sharing…

Cultural Responsibility in Instruction

A culturally responsive educator has to be someone who knows themselves. To know thy self is power! Know your culture, your background and information about yourself before you begin to learn from and teach others. This person is also one who is able to identify, acknowledge and accept cultural differences, similarities, and characteristics that can…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie brings up something important: Africa is not the Africa that is bound within the limitation of news and how it portrays it. Africa is not the narrow view through that very controlled and malleable lens. People in Africa do not enjoy corruption. They are people who want development and technology for…

Access and Priorities in Education

The prioritizing of education resulted in an increase in the average lifestyle in America by boosting the family income. Inequality was one of the three determinants of how much a family made, and as equality is further approached by cultural recognition, more the trends began to shift for later generations. Educational opportunities were increased as…

Never-Ending Oppression?

My vision of what it is to be culturally proficient was affected by this book very much: Readings for Diversity and Social Justice. All the writers in the textbook wrote back and forth about how oppression and privilege are both a result of power, but I found the most helpful sections in reshaping the way…

Deficit Thinking and Diversity Today

I believe that whoever is interested in analyzing the “dominant culture group” should read what Weiner (2006) has to say in “Challenging Deficit Thinking”. There is no bad connotation in being part of the dominant culture, but there is negativity connected to the bureaucracy that the dominant schooling culture imposes on teaching which, in turn,…

Educational Narrative

Education began as a heavy weight that I had to lug through to a finish line… and then I realized it was my calling to transfer it rather than just experience it. Experiences shape us as we grow through the lessons they teach us. We learn better as we have more personal and professional experiences…

How do your prior experiences and beliefs shape they way you interpret the world around you? What impact does this “positionality” have on your perspective and interests in education?

My prior beliefs and experiences have been huge influences on how I interpret the world around me. I was always sensitive to culture and open to learning about my students because of this. I have experience teaching and learning in many cultures, such as Britain, Arabia, North America, Germany, and France. These experiences brought me…

Motivation: FIND YOUR JUICE!

Here is a presentation I put together to talk about motivation and how it is important in transforming a stumped mind to one of a successful achiever. If you decide to watch the presentation, then there is no need to read any further. Motivation has been an uphill battle for even the youngest of us….

If and Only if.

Who are we? What are we? Why are we? When are we? How are we? IFF we are. There are as many questions the inquisitive want to ask as there are many things that are out of comprehension’s reach. There is much science cannot explain as there is much intuition cannot fathom. The edge of…