Posted in January 2013

Class You Need Help With…

Class You Need Help With…

Been thinking a lot about issues of race and class in education this week. The day my students respond to the question in black with something similar to that answer in red, my work will be complete.

Opt-out of Testing?

Opt-out of Testing?

As per my last post, my mind is everywhere considering the testing quagmire and I feel stuck in as a parent. But I am feeling the need to do something. Something big. Don’t know what that is yet, but I’ll keep you posted. This image/quote came across my facebook feed when I got home that … Continue reading

Outlining in Reverse

I HATE and have always HATED formal outlines. Outlines with Roman numerals, small letters, and that strict formulaic approach never seemed to match my writing. I felt squished when using those outlines as mandated in middle school and high school, and I scoffed at professors in college who suggested that my writing could benefit from … Continue reading

Unteaching Racism

Unteaching Racism

A few years ago, the ESL teacher at my school cleaned out her library and gave me a bunch of her books. They were all children’s books that her high school students, although they were English Language Learners, refused to read because they looked like children’s books. Since these books had been bought for a … Continue reading

Struggles with Addiction

Struggles with Addiction

I find a lot of joy, inspiration, solace, humanity, and love in reading blogs. Blogs about mothering, life, illness, grief, teaching, whatever. I feel connected to friends, acquaintances, and total strangers through the words they toss into the universe through their blogs. Thank you, bloggers. One blog I am a big fan of is called … Continue reading

Observations

I have been formally teaching for 13 years now. Eleven years in secondary school, two years in community college. That means I have been observed at least 40 times formally; those formal observations were written up, rated, and put into my permanent teaching file. Of course, having held various leadership positions at my high school, … Continue reading

Opportunities for Teachers

What am I writing this week? Applications for professional development opportunities. I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow and to seek out my own professional development (PD). I feel that as an educator it’s imperative to keep ahead of the curve and to seek out programs that support my interests in the … Continue reading