Paul Alex Briseno


Cleveland Metroparks in Fall by digipixguy on Flickr.

I need to move to where leaves change colors.


Cleveland Metroparks in Fall by digipixguy on Flickr.

I need to move to where leaves change colors.

It’s good to be back even if it’s preseason! #spursnation #gospursgo #nbachampions

It’s good to be back even if it’s preseason! #spursnation #gospursgo #nbachampions

My new coffee cup. #dallascowboys #nfl #coffee

My new coffee cup. #dallascowboys #nfl #coffee




halloween’s coming early on tumblr

guess that ghost just isn’t in his right spirits

hippie vibes


Doctor Who meets the Beatles. #thebeatles #doctorwho #dw #tardis

Doctor Who meets the Beatles. #thebeatles #doctorwho #dw #tardis

Oct 6

Early in my freshman year, my dad asked me if there were lots of Latinos at school. I wanted to say, “Pa, I’m one of the only Latinos in most of my classes. The other brown faces I see mostly are the landscapers’. I think of you when I see them sweating in the morning sun. I remember you were a landscaper when you first came to Illinois in the 1950s. And look, Pa! Now I’m in college!”

But I didn’t.

I just said, “No, Pa. There’s a few Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, few Mexicans. But all the landscapers are Mexican.”

My dad responded, “¡Salúdelos, m’ijo!”

So when I walked by the Mexican men landscaping each morning, I said, “Buenos días.”

Recently, I realized what my dad really meant. I remembered learning the Mexican, or Latin American, tradition of greeting people when one enters a room. In my Mexican family, my parents taught me to be “bien educado” by greeting people who were in a room already when I entered. The tradition puts the responsibility of the person who arrives to greet those already there. If I didn’t follow the rule as a kid, my parents admonished me with a back handed slap on my back and the not-so-subtle hint: “¡Saluda!”

I caught myself tapping my 8-year-old son’s back the other day when he didn’t greet one of our friends: “Adrian! ¡Saluda!”

However, many of my white colleagues over the years followed a different tradition of ignorance. “Maleducados,” ol’ school Mexican grandmothers would call them.

But this Mexican tradition is not about the greeting—it’s about the acknowledgment. Greeting people when you enter a room is about acknowledging other people’s presence and showing them that you don’t consider yourself superior to them.

When I thought back to the conversation between my dad and me in 1990, I realized that my dad was not ordering me to greet the Mexican landscapers with a “Good morning.”

Instead, my father wanted me to acknowledge them, to always acknowledge people who work with their hands like he had done as a farm worker, a landscaper, a mechanic. My father with a 3rd grade education wanted me to work with my mind but never wanted me to think myself superior because I earned a college degree and others didn’t.


Ray Salazar, Mexican etiquette some white people need to learn on dad’s 77th birthday.

Saluden Muchachxs, saluden.

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Oct 5

High workload affects many aspects of teachers’ lives, the survey results suggest. A massive 96 per cent of respondents said the issue has a negative impact on their personal or family life, 81 per cent said they have no time for exercise or physical activity and 59 per cent said the job causes stress in their relationship.

According to 80 per cent of the 16,000 teachers surveyed, marking is the main reason for excessive workloads, ahead of data entry (70 per cent) and preparation for Ofsted and practice inspections (62 per cent).

“I am fed up of seeing my colleagues near to breaking point,” said one primary teacher in Trafford. “There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t see someone crying. This has to stop.”


Ninety per cent of teachers consider quitting because of workload, NUT survey reveals

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As I read this - I am also grading papers - I’ve been grading papers all weekend, while my co-teacher is lesson planning (usually I do both). 

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^ yupyup

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Oct 5


Should I watch Lost or Star Trek TNG?

missing the point


Make a shared GAfE folder for my co-taught class

Share with teachers/paras

Everyone says they really like it, it’s so convenient, etc

Great co-teachers offer to make things


Feel your pain.

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