Things I have learned teaching in South Central

I teach high school to Latino kids in South Central LA. I am Jon Snow. I know a lot less than I thought I did. After 3 years, I still have plenty more to learn.
  1. Being smart and being literate are not the same thing.
  2. The 4 food groups are: Hot Cheetos, gummy worms in tamarind paste, Tapatio, and tamales.
  3. Anything Drake does or says is indisputably cool.
  4. Pencils and maxi pads are not something every family can afford.
  5. There are many ways to be poor and trust is the rarest currency there is.
  6. The tears in your classroom might be yours.
  7. If you wait long enough, your own high school wardrobe will eventually walk back through your classroom door.
  8. Spanish is something we should all learn.
  9. This list is on-going. Check back for more.