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MY FIRST TEACHER

My mother and me in Los Angeles

I have a passion for literacy. It all began in a screened in porch in South Central Los Angeles when I was almost 5 years old. My mother’s first language was Spanish. She told me how hard it was for her to learn English. She grew up in a large Mexican family whose language was Spanish and there were very few books. She only went to the 8th grade, married at 15 and I came along a few years later. My father was an Englishman who drank too much, and was seldom home. Back to the porch: my mother taped white butcher paper at my eye level all around the porch. She wrote out the ABCs with a picture clue for each letter. I loved practicing the alphabet with her, and watching her learn along with me, but more importantly, I loved the attention I received during that special time. I became an avid reader and the first person to graduate college in my family, earn two teaching credentials and a Masters Degree. I love journaling and encouraging student teachers both online and in my position as a University Supervisor. Check out my posts on early literacy, children’s book recommendations, and journal entries. I add to them all the time. Good things are meant to be shared. Thanks, Mom. Yo te quero, mama.

Quote from my mother: Muéstrales sus alas, luego míralos volar.Translation: “Show them their wings, then watch them fly.


 


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  1. Stephen – Canterbury, UK – Neuropsychologist researching what happens when a spiritual practice (meditation) is translated to a psychological intervention; what is lost and what is gained from the curative potential? A PhD candidate writing the scientific history mindfulness. Also researching how compassion and explicitly nondual meditation methods influence our physical and mental health. Stephen has decades of personal practice in spiritual and secular forms of meditation, he has also been trained in the Himalayan Science of Mind and Perception (Tsema). Alongside the teaching and research of nondual methods, Stephen trains his own brain every day with Dzogchen practices.
    Stephen says:

    Gratitude, the fertilzer for personal development….

    1. Caysunset – I retired from Elementary Education and now teach an online Masters Degree course in Literacy for pre-credential teacher candidates, and The Art and Craft of Teaching. I also supervise teacher candidates for two universities. I collect resources from various sites and articles to assist my teacher candidates. I am happy to share them with teachers, students, homeschool parents. I will add to them routinely.
      Caysunset says:

      So true! I am. grateful for you, Stephen, for taking time to comment.

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