Why Is It Difficult to Indulge Myself in Writing?

Over the weekend I was asked, "so, Dafne, what makes you, you?" during an interview. It was an unexpected question, one I didn't prepare for. In the forefront of my mind I thought about my family, specifically, my mother stroking my hand and my father changing the channel on the television. Pressing on for other … Continue reading Why Is It Difficult to Indulge Myself in Writing?

Prompt: Write About a Teacher Who Has Impacted You

Teachers in Oklahoma held nearly a week long walkout protest over school funding. These protests are beginning to spread across the nation in red states. They're demanding higher wages and more resources for students. I encourage you to read more about these protests and what students and teachers not just need, but deserve, to thrive … Continue reading Prompt: Write About a Teacher Who Has Impacted You

The Only Home They’ve Ever Known

I meant to write this months ago, when Trump decided to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). There was a line I heard repeatedly in articles, from reporters, from observers and families themselves. From, "the United States is the only home I've/they've ever known," to "I've/they've never even been the country my/their parents are from," … Continue reading The Only Home They’ve Ever Known

Introducing the Secret Life of Bees to 7th Graders

In the Secret Life of Bees book, Zach says to Lily, "We can't think of changing our skin...change the world, that's how we gotta think." My partner teacher paused after she read this line and had the students bookmark the quote with a sticky note and write it down. She then asked, "do you think it … Continue reading Introducing the Secret Life of Bees to 7th Graders