Oscar Romero and The Violence of Love

Oscar Romero and The Violence of Love

Oscar Romero is one of my heroes. His life and work influenced me to become a public school teacher and a street writer.  I think of him each morning as I swing my legs off my bed and touch the floor barefooted, ready to make my way up and out of my house to my poor,...
How Making Sand Mandalas Is Like Teaching

How Making Sand Mandalas Is Like Teaching

Have you heard of sand mandalas? They are created by Buddhist monks. It takes years of study for a monk to learn all that needs to be known about creating sand mandalas. Groups of monks work together to create them. A group chooses a design and sketches it out with...
Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Reading Opens Hearts, Minds to Change the World

Interactive reading is one way I engage my fourth graders in learning about new people and places. Recently, we’ve used this approach with books by Malala Yousafzai and Jane Goodall. “Have you heard of Malala?” I asked my students when introducing them to her book...