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Back to School Anxiety Manifested

Back to School Anxiety Manifested

I am back from a three week hiatus during which I ignored this website, my work life, and my writing and just read, played with my kids, talked to my husband, and tried to tan in the cellulite on the tops of my legs (Why do I still feel that a tan will make me … Continue reading

Banana Bread! (brings us together)

Banana Bread! (brings us together)

This week has been HEAVY, yes? I have felt weighed down. Last night, regardless of the 90+ degree heat, I decided to make some banana bread. We had three, big rotting bananas and I am trying not to waste food, so I borrowed a cup of sugar from my lovely neighbor Jess and turned the … Continue reading

Another Story

Another Story

Wednesday night we went to Prospect Park to see the New York City Philharmonic’s annual free concert. I have been going to this concert since I moved here. It has evolved from a night with friends, to a romantic night with Adam, to a couple years off when we had little ones, and now it’s … Continue reading

Educators: Stop Using Comic Sans!

For the record, let me proclaim publicly that I hate the Comic Sans font. Loathe. Abhor. It makes me feel a tightness in my chest of rage. Comic Sans is very overused by teachers. I understand why someone who teaches K-3 might use it. After that, it should be banned. Exiled. Banished (pronounced like in … Continue reading

The Teacher’s Tale

The Teacher’s Tale

The Teacher’s Tale Here begins the teacher’s tale: Once upon a time, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, There lived a sixth grader, the embodiment of sin And a first year teacher, who, innocent as a daisy, Had a confrontation with this child that about drove her crazy. First let me forewarn you that this tale is quite … Continue reading

The Teacher’s Tale Prologue

April is National Poetry Month! I wrote this after my first year teaching. I had my students each write a tale from a modern person modeled on The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. I was 28 years old, I had taught one year of 8th grade and was teaching high school for the first time, … Continue reading

You can’t make this up…

I was always amused by the cast of quirky characters I encountered teaching. I must admit that in my two years since moving to teaching college, the characters are largely less colorful. So are the students. But that’s another post. One particularly colorful character was the Spanish teacher, Ms. Martinez. Originally from Puerto Rico, she … Continue reading

Copy Paper Drama

Copy Paper Drama

Any other high school out there suffer from copy paper drama? At my first school, IS 111 (now defunct), you needed to horde copy paper. Teachers ordered a box of copy paper to be delivered from Staples to the school, locked it in their classroom locker, and only brought what they needed to the copy … Continue reading