After reading a farewell from The Angry Educator I considered that I too, might have to be careful what I say. Angry deleted one very cool blog because of the possibility of folks misreading, misunderstanding, mishandling what had been written. Lucky for us, Angry has found another spot, and will hopefully continue to write the same kind of honest, thought-provoking stuff that attracted many of us in the first place.
So, I started changing my blog around. I removed my picture, put it back, removed it, put it back. I reworded things here and there, and changed the look of the blog. I definitely don't want to delete my work, as Angry felt inclined to do. I couldn't bear it.
I want to be able to say and write as I please, think the way I think. Although this blog was to be a place for my personal explorations of bilingualism, creative writing, and being Latina, I have also shared some thoughts on teaching. Whether I'm wrong or "write", what a shame it would be to stop expressing myself as I've been doing. I am sure I will cross the line of "acceptable" and "safe" on occasion, but isn't that what we urge our students to do? And if by chance, I'm discovered by the "wrong" person, I'll learn how to handle it.
So, this blog is looking different. I thought I needed to be a mystery, just in case. After giving it some more thought, I just want to be. I am a Latina teacher-writer. And that picture? That's ME.