In My Tribe

In My Tribe

“In my tribe” is an expression I use quite frequently. I use it to describe my friends/colleagues/acquaintances/writers/educators with whom I share a common bond. Of course, any public school teacher is automatically in my tribe. My students are in my tribe. Educators who work for social justice are in my tribe. Folks who like to … Continue reading

Tween/Teen Boy Summer Reading

Tween/Teen Boy Summer Reading

My dear friend Lori (who humbly took on the moniker “the other Lori” when I met her my second year of doctoral work and her first year, thus making me just “Lori”), messaged me the other night that her 13 year old nephew was staying with her for the summer and she was trying to … Continue reading

A Time to Fail

A Time to Fail

This spring semester was my first experience teaching graduating seniors at community college. Two of my amazing colleagues and I taught a Liberal Arts Capstone class called:  The Social Construction of an Apocalypse, Infectious Disease, & Literary Dystopias: The Rise of (Zombie) Terror in the 21st Century and it was awesome. Well, it was awesome … Continue reading

Tumbleweave

Tumbleweave

Amid the craziness that goes down in an inner city high school that I bore witness to, I developed a new vocabulary. Today I will introduce you to a word I thought I created: TUMBLEWEAVE. tumbleweave (noun): I will set the stage for you: After a girl fight in the hallway, hair weave is left … Continue reading

Writing Portfolios

Writing Portfolios

I got an iPhone the February of my last year teaching high school. I am one of those ridiculous people who has about 1500 photos on my iPhone, some from that time (2011!). Last Friday I was at my daughter’s camp performance and trying to make a video of her reluctantly walking on a tightrope … Continue reading

Accidents Happen

“Accidents happen,” everyone says, but that saying has a slightly different meaning when you are the accident. There are many people on this planet who have come into the world by the sheer force of genetic will. A random sperm and a ready-to-drop egg timed with a act of love or lust or stupidity (or … Continue reading

Discussing Fear in the Classroom

Discussing Fear in the Classroom

Part of our First Year Experience program is a class called Studio. Studio is a creative space for students to practice the skills they’re working on in their other coursework via self-driven projects. This spring, I was invited to speak to one of the freshman cohorts in my House (House 4) about fear. The students … Continue reading

Sometimes, I Am Wrong

As a secondary educator and now a community college professor, I admit I don’t know much about early childhood education. I figure in pre-K, kids learn to play, talk to each other in nice voices, learn their alphabet, numbers, make some art, build with some blocks, eat some snacks, and then voila! They move on … Continue reading