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End of School Year Deluge of Work

End of School Year Deluge of Work

Each June, I know it’s coming. At the end of each school year piles and piles of work get sent home. Folders. Paperclips. Cute stuff. Stupid stuff (why did  you send this home, o’ teacher, WHY?!?!). Rubrics, rubrics, rubrics. Crappy worksheets. Amazing drawings. Not-so-amazing drawings. Math workbooks that are completed. Writing workbooks that are empty … Continue reading

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Growing up with a physically disabled Dad in the 70’s and 80’s was not something we talked about as a family. We talked about the logistics of dad’s health problems quite a bit (who would take care of us when dad was in the hospital, what we couldn’t eat, where we could go on vacation), … Continue reading

Books = Joy

Books = Joy

It will come as no surprise that I love books. I have books I have had since my childhood in our apartment, I think the oldest one being a wordless book called A Sleepless Day by John Hamberger, a gift from my beloved Aunt Helen on my 2nd birthday. I have a bit of OCD … Continue reading

I Am Forty, Like Janie

I Am Forty, Like Janie

There are certain books I go back to time and time again for rereading. A few are: The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Year of the Flood, The Gold Cell. They each imprinted on me when I first read them, and I can’t let them go. Each … 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

Who Maya Angelou was to Me

Who Maya Angelou was to Me

Way back in the summer of 1997, I had just graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Cultural Studies and French. I had a summer job at Duke University Press where I xeroxed manuscripts submitted to academic journals and worked with a witty and funny handful of editors whom … Continue reading

How to Teach the N-word

How to Teach the N-word

The longer I live, the more questions I have and the more I want to understand race in this country of ours. I have always thought about race relations a great deal, but once I started teaching in Brooklyn issues of race became my daily lived experience. I spent 11 years as the only White … Continue reading

28 Reasons

28 Reasons

I really, really hope all of you out there were able to catch the Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit/video for Black History Month that aired early this month. Titled “28 Reasons,” it’d be a great source for tomorrow, February 28th, the last day of Black History Month: I about died laughing and of discomfort when … Continue reading

World Book Night, 2014: Cheryl Strayed!

I literally squealed with excitement when I heard yesterday that our House within our community college was selected for a second year to hand out books for World Book Night. Last year we handed out books and I swear to you, the students had the best. time. ever. doing it. I wrote about their experiences … Continue reading