Author: kjhend2

  • The Power of Words in a Time of Silence

    The Power of Words in a Time of Silence

    Quiet streets. Eyes glued to the news.  Imagine a world where you can’t be around other people outside of your own family. Imagine a world where you can not rely on friends and family to get you through life. This imagined world became reality in the year 2020. And when people couldn’t be in community…

  • Con amor…

    Con amor…

    “Hi maestra!” “¿Cómo estás hoy?”, I ask as my student walks in the classroom door. “Happy! Ayer fui a la casa de mi prima y jugamos videojuegos, like, ALL DAY!” I smile as I hear my student code-switching between Spanish and English. Some may frown upon it, but this code-switching is actually an indicator of…

  • I have a dream…

    I have a dream…

    I have a dream that the students from all 6 diverse elementary schools in my district would come together as one in their junior high and high school experience. In the central Illinois school district that I teach in, students come from all walks of life. Though fairly close in physical distance to each other,…

  • “I wish my teacher knew…”

    “I wish my teacher knew…”

    In a sing-song-y voice, I hear my student croon, “I wish my teacher knew!”, and then, a pause-the student appears to be thinking through his rushed sentence-followed by his proclamation “That I love my dog!”. This little scene melted my heart along with the other information that students shared with me through their recorded videos…