Posted in December 2012

You are smarter than a computer!

Kids today…They want a computer to do everything for them. My students are learning how to use APA format for writing papers, and they are so freakin’ lazy when it comes to citing correctly and creating a References page. Soooooo lazy. Then we have a librarian who introduced them to this program called EasyBib, that … Continue reading

My School Family

Tonight I am going to my old high school’s Christmas party. No doubt I will drink too much and require a lot of coffee, gatorade, and bacon tomorrow morning. That’s how we do it. I worked at Cobble Hill School of American Studies for 10 years. I got a job there after teaching one year … Continue reading

Racial Microaggressions Linger

Racial Microaggressions Linger

One of the best things I studied during my time at Teachers College was the work of Derald Wing Sue on racial microaggressions. A psychologist, he argues that the small things we do and say speak volumes about our inner racist beliefs and that they are noted and noticed by those on the receiving end. … Continue reading

Writing Love

Writing Love

I am totally in love with my daughter, Alexandra, right now. Not that I ever don’t love her, but we are having quite a love affair at the moment. And this all started when she started writing. Writing me love notes. Writing! Nico is my affectionate one. When I say goodnight to them and tell … Continue reading

School is Sacred

[I know my Monday post is supposed to be about Reading, but I wrote this instead...] On the first day of the spring semester, my second year teaching, I saw my first violent fight. It was an unusual fight in that it was unprompted by the prologue of, “Son, son…” and muscular chests popping out … Continue reading

Dial a Cliche

I am not sure what I experienced more as a teacher: horrible professional development or the overabundant use of cliches. Sometimes, if I was super lucky, the two would coincide. Which is why this made me laugh: I can’t even count how many times I heard, “There is no “I” in team” during some sort … Continue reading

Create

This week I have just needed some inspiration. I think it’s the holiday blues, the end of semester lack of lust for life, my exhausted students are transferring their exhaustion to me, or just winter. Who knows. Maybe just a week of the blahs. So, as mentioned in my Write like a Motherfucker post, I … Continue reading

Homeless in College

Homeless in College

I have had homeless students before. In fact, when the recession began to rear its ugly head the number of students in our high school in shelters grew and grew and grew. The students guarded this information closely, though. Sometimes they would quietly tell you after class or while hanging around your classroom. Other times … Continue reading

Write like a motherfucker.

Write like a motherfucker.

“Write like a motherfucker” is a quote from Cheryl Strayed’s book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Life and Love from Dear Sugar. Dear Sugar is an advice column she wrote under the pen name of Sugar for the online literary journal The Rumpus. If you read this post of mine back at the end of … Continue reading

Ask Your Teacher

Alexandra is beginning to read. It’s pretty amazing, actually; it’s like magic. To watch her see words and be able to string them together into sentences and then into an entire book is super moving for me.  I am not sure if it’s because I love to read, or that I remember when I began … Continue reading