The Power of Voice

A Student teacher just trying to find her voice

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When you find yourself drowning in self-hate, you have to remind yourself that you weren’t born feeling this way. That at some point in your journey, some person or experience sent you the message that there was something wrong with who you are, and you internalized those messages and took them on as your truth. But that hate isn’t yours to carry, and those judgments aren’t about you. And in the same way that you learned to think badly of yourself, you can learn to think new, self-loving and accepting thoughts. You can learn to challenge those beliefs, take away their power, and reclaim your own. It won’t be easy, and it won’t happen over night. But it is possible. And it starts when you decide that there has to be more to life than this pain you feel. It starts when you decide that you deserve to discover it.

Daniell Koepke (via anditslove)

Important to remember, I think, as a teacher, a student, and a person.

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I wish that you may find patience enough in yourself to endure, and simplicity enough to believe; that you may acquire more and more confidence in that which is difficult, and in your solitude among others. And for the rest, let life happen to you. Believe me: life is right, in any case.

Rainer Maria Rilke (via emotional-algebra)

lovely teaching advice.

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Today was a Great Day.

Currently, my honors sophomores are reading Ethan Frome. We are almost done with the book, and got through chapters 7 and 8 today which have a lot of symbolism and in which a lot goes down. To help boil all of that down and emphasize important ideas, I had my kids do a found poetry assignment. I gave them different pages from the text, explained Found Poetry, and gave them different options to focus on. They could choose to focus on a theme, a main event from the chapters we had just discussed, or character relationships. Then I let them go at it, and they created some beautiful stuff. Below are some of my favorites from today, and I’m looking forward to seeing what my other sections produce tomorrow.

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