TEACHER, AUTHOR, EDUblogger "I want to (read and) write books that unblock the traffic jam in everyone's mind." ~J. Updike
*I didn’t write this poem, but as you know, I’m a voracious reader. I stumbled upon this poem written by Aurora Levins Morales. It speaks of the struggle for self-identity that this generation has to face.
Child of the Americas
by Aurora Levins Morales*
I am a child of the Americas,
a light-skinned mestiza of the Caribbean,
a child of many diaspora,
born into this continent at a crossroads.
I am a U.S. Puerto Rican Jew,
a product of the ghettos of a New York
I have never known.
and the daughter and granddaughter
I speak English with passion:
it’s the tongue of my consciousness,
a flashing knife blade of crystal,
my tool, my craft.
I am Caribeña,
Spanish is in my flesh,
Ripples from my tongue,
lodge in my hips:
the language of garlic and mangoes,
the singing of poetry,
the flying gestures of my hands.
I am of Latinoamerica,
rooted in the history of my continent:
I speak from that body.
I am not African.
Africa is in me,
but I cannot return.
I am not taína.
Taíno is in me,
but there is no way back.
I am not European.
Europe lives in me,
but I have no home there.
I am new.
History made me.
My first language
I was born at the crossroads
and I am whole.
*Aurora Levins Morales writes for those struggling to find their identities and their voices – and speaks on issues pertaining to history and the multicultural experience (Santiago).
Related articles and web sites: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/morales_aurora_levins.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Levins_Morales http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/bassr/heath/syllabuild/iguide/morales.html http://www.southendpress.org/authors/131 http://www.colorado.edu/journals/standards/V5N1/essays/morales_int_3.html http://www.uhu.es/antonia.dominguez/latinas/aurora.htm
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I am an Educator, Award Winning Christian Author, Freelance Writer & Blogger,Youth mentor, Bible Teacher, and TREK AWANA director. Teaching provides an opportunity for me to engage in continual learning and growth on many levels. I work for my students not only to master the course material but to give them the indispensable advantage of having a growth mindset. This mindset has been stripped from many of our students; yet this is the undisputed secret ingredient for their success in the world outside of my classroom. I strive to be a globally connected educator. With my #LatinoEd #Edublog I seek (as J. Updike says) "to unblock the traffic jam" in the minds of my students and peers. In this way, long after they have left my classroom and they encounter a world that will try (and many times succeed) in knocking them down and telling them they "can't," they will bounce right back up, and with an intrinsic confidence say, "Watch me. Watch me make a difference!" It is then I will feel that I too have made a difference.