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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

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

I always feel torn about relegated “months” of appreciation. Historically marginalized groups should be recognized within curriculum–I have no argument with that–but I also believe that a well-constructed curriculum should explore many races/groups throughout the entire year in conversation with one another. The, “It’s February so everything we read needs to be by a Black … Continue reading

The Rare Experience of Punctum

The Rare Experience of Punctum

When I wrote the curriculum for the Arts in NYC course that I am currently teaching at my community college, I wanted a concept to guide it. I have written before about two amazing professors from my undergraduate experience who largely formed  how I study and experience all forms of art: Carol Mavor and elin … Continue reading

My Little Test Taker

My Little Test Taker

(This was written/posted about a week ago…then WordPress opened  on my iPhone in my bag to my posts page, and I deleted this post on accident. Ugh. Therefore–repost!) Sunday afternoon/evening brings the inevitable “Have you done all your homework?” question to Alexandra, our first grader. Each weekend she has to read two level-appropriate books, do … Continue reading

Collaborative Reading Exercise

Whenever I have a lesson planning mental block, I pull out my trustworthy NYCWP Satellite Institute binder. A few weeks back, I had on the syllabus that I would go over the text the students had read in Summerbridge: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Saffron Foer. We were to talk about the idea … Continue reading

YA Blog Worth Following

When I posted about my YA binge reading obsession, I couldn’t remember the YA Lit blog that I love, but she just posted (one of the perks of following someone’s blog) , and her blog is: For the Love of Books And for any of you teaching middle or high school, I highly recommend it.

Map of Racial Segregation in the US

Map of Racial Segregation in the US

This week was my first week of classes. Our first six-week study in City Seminar I is on transportation, particularly the transportation system (trains, buses, MTA) here in New York City and in other urban spaces globally. This topic will be explored in all three course components of our Freshman Seminar course which is called … Continue reading

YA Binge Reading

YA Binge Reading

In addition to cleaning like a maniac as a form of procrastination before the school year starts (btw, I did finish a full-fledged top to bottom cleaning of our apartment!), I also binge read Young Adult (YA) literature. I used to read YA literature because I was a high school English teacher and I needed … Continue reading