Hi! My name is Laleña (pronounced luh-LAIN-ya). When you talk about me, the words that feel good to me are she and her. I'm a kindergarten teacher in New York City. I also sometimes teach grown-ups, and this summer, I wrote a book! (You can buy my book at Bookshop and Indiebound, among other places.) I like to surf, and read, and knit. I also really, really like to talk.
Wow, do I like to talk !
I like to talk so much, I even put a picture of me talking. That's me talking to grownups.
What do I like to talk about?
Big Ideas! And how we talk about those big ideas with little people.
Big Ideas like what?
(Basically, things that make adults cringe and change the subject. We talk about those things in my classroom all the time.)
Where do I like to talk?
My favorite place to talk is in schools. I used to go to schools to meet with teachers for professional development, or to run workshops with parents. These days, it's all online, and I'm doing a lot of work with grownups about how to talk (and listen!) to kids about difficult topics, like race and gender. Want to know more?
I also like talking about other things, like how to be a good friend, how to take care of our community, and what my favorite color is. When I'm in school, there's one thing I like even more than talking.
I love listening to kids talk. They say really smart things. At school, I like that I get to listen while my students talk, and then write down what they say. Here are some things they said last October.