Posted in February 2013

When “N*ggas” Can’t Read…

When “N*ggas” Can’t Read…

[Immediate disclaimer: I feel totally uncomfortable using the n-word in any form. I used it here because it was used by a student and I am quoting him.] I am friends with many of my old students on facebook (Although a large percentage of them are hidden from my feed due to photos of them … Continue reading

Experiencing the 9/11 Memorial

Experiencing the 9/11 Memorial

My Arts in NYC class was divided into weekly themes that contained two classes of instructional time and one class of an experiential component. I cannot over-emphasize how amazing the experiential component was to the integration of the course materials. The students got out and into spaces in the City that they had only previously … Continue reading

Heavy

Heavy

Today I received some sad, sad news. My co-worker of 10 years from Cobble Hill School of American Studies, a woman who mentored me as a new wife, a new mother, and a fellow doctoral student/candidate/graduate found out that her 31 year old son–whom I have known of and heard about and met multiple times–has … Continue reading

Real Writing

Real Writing

Teaching writing is like cracking a code. There are no magic tricks, no simple formulas, one suggestion/solution does not work for all students at any point. Finding your ability to write is a weird, twisted, and strange journey of self-discovery. I can teach paragraphing, sentence structure, thesis formation until I fall over (and I probably … Continue reading

Visual Noise & Visual Literacy

Visual Noise & Visual Literacy

My Arts in New York City course had it’s last experiential component to a small gallery on the Lower East Side called Station Independent Projects. This is a tiny space, tucked inside some streets north of the Williamsburg Bridge entrance. I decided to take the students there because an acquaintance from my early days of … Continue reading

Asperger’s & Teaching

Asperger’s & Teaching

Our winter term is wrapping up, and so is my first experience of teaching a student with Asperger’s Syndrome. On the first day of class, this student (whom I’ll name Max, although that is not his real name), interrupted me while I went over the syllabus and stammered, “I might have to leave the room … Continue reading

Digital Learning Day

Today is Digital Learning Day. I am not sure what that means exactly. The irony is that I clicked on the hyperlink for the website and it is down! Oh, technology. Okay, it’s back up now. Going to check it out. That is pretty much my relationship with technology in a nutshell. I like it … Continue reading