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Clarity, Purpose and Happiness in Hamilton

In parenting, personal by rafranzdavis1 Comment

There was a moment yesterday when the deep funk(Post Trump Stress) that I’ve been drowning in shifted. Minutes after leaving an online meeting with a few friends, I sat down to write what I can only describe as the most morbidly piece of depressive words that I’ve ever put in black and white. I knew that I was struggling as my withdrawal from 90% of online connectivity was enough proof but I had no idea just how bad it was until I started reading back my own thoughts. [clicks Move to Trash] So, I retreated to my happy place…blasting the Hamilton …

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Thoughts on Being a Mother, Aunt and Educator

In parenting, personal by rafranzdavis2 Comments

In a matter of hours, I’ll be back in my work space…planning, organizing, listening and teaching. For the past two weeks though, I didn’t think of any of those things. Instead, I used my break to play games, sing loudly, dance terribly, smile until my face hurt and have conversations with the children in my life. I was on a break…a real one. It wasn’t that I decided to just “be on break”. Instead, I decided to be in the moment…a goal that I plan to make real every chance that I get regardless of where I am. “Being in …

Conversations with my Son: Moving, Fresh Starts and Robotics

In Equity, parenting by rafranzdavis3 Comments

As a student, there is something incredibly powerful when you know that your teachers and administrators truly care. That’s what my son felt about his new school before he ever stepped foot in the building. I remember that as we were driving to the campus, we were in a deep discussion and upon pulling to the corner to turn, we both fell silent. In front of the school were hundreds and hundreds of signs, all bearing the names of students. There was a sign for each student along with the name of their future college, trade school or military branch. We …

My Eduparent Perspective: Identity Crisis

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When my daughter was three, we enrolled her in her first ballet class with gymnastics soon thereafter. The natural progression from that point was competitive cheerleading which she participated in until she was in high school. My niece followed the same pattern. As a matter of fact, our girls were the most “girliest” of girls growing up with huge bows to match every outfit, socks with ruffles, purses, pretend makeup and dolls of every kind. Their first favorite color? Pink…because we made it that way. My son had a bit more freedom but he too was subjected to who he …

Because Black Kids Get Suspended for Talking

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It’s only fitting that my first post of 2015 is about my 15 year old son…my motivation for equity and advocacy. The phone rings. It’s his principal… “I’m calling to inform you that I am putting your son in ISS because he was talking in geometry and his teacher said that she asked him to stop talking twice. I really don’t know what happened. I have to check but he’s going to ISS. He also has some work that he hasn’t done so I’ll get her to send it there.” My reply “So let me get this straight. Without investigation or question, …

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Exposure, Experience and Wonder

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Years ago, my son was enamored with science. He loved learning about how the world worked and “tinkering” with objects just to see their reactions. I imagine that he did this because internally, he developed his own theories and “testing them out” was just his thing. Then he entered 5th grade and with that came state mandated testing in science which, in my opinion, destroyed the “natural curiosity” that learning science provided. His learning of science, for years, has been reduced to textbooks, packets, power points and test prep questions. Yesterday, I saw my son ignited in a way that …

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Parenting Through Discipline Bias and Cultural Incompetency

In parenting by rafranzdavis4 Comments

I’ve tried really hard to back down a bit from my son’s schooling. Part of that reasoning is that I wanted him to be able to find his own way without my interfering in every aspect of his education. The other part is that it seemed as though the more I questioned, the greater the target on his back. That was my thinking anyway. What I found was that the less that I questioned, the greater the target. Basically, it’s pretty much a no win situation. Except, my involvement gives him a far better chance at edu-survival than not being involved. A …

Talking Algebra with a Teen Driver #tmwyk

In Math, parenting by rafranzdavis0 Comments

The richest conversations that I have with my kids often take place outside of math homework. They take place as they happen in the real world. The other day I was driving my niece around and she just happened to make a back handed comment about how slow I was driving. It was exactly 32 miles per hour, this distance between Ennis and Dallas. Me: If I continued to drive at this rate without stopping, how long would it take me to drive to Dallas? Niece: Probably 5 hours Me: Really? How many miles are between Ennis and Dallas? Niece: like …

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Conversations with My Son: More Midpoints in Geometry

In Math, parenting by rafranzdavis0 Comments

The other day I published a conversation, a tutoring session, between myself and my son. It was a painful reminder of a problem that is so systemic in math classrooms that students, like my son, are suffering on a day to day basis. It’s called 100% lecture and zero inquiry. The problem with this method is that lecture does not reach every student. It reaches some…the ones that can see the problem happen visually as they hear it. My son is not that kid. He needs to manipulate, ask questions, manipulate more and ask more questions. Sometimes he needs questions asked …

My EduParent Perspective: Helping My Son Understand Midpoints in Geometry with Questioning and Geogebra

In Math, parenting by rafranzdavis3 Comments

The other night, my son brought home a geometry assignment on midpoints that he needed to complete. I recognized the assignment right away because it was a simple worksheet from the “binder”, a collection of district purchased worksheets from 2003. (Imagine eye rolls and a sea of long sighs…Yep!) As ridiculously bad and basic as this worksheet was, my son had not turned it in because he did not understand how to do the work. Yes, he lives with a math teaching momma, but he’s still not a fan of being tutored by his mom. I get it. (Again…eye rolls…long …