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Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning

Life long learning. Life long learners. Those are words that come up often in the profession of teaching and the field of education. We want students to experience life long learning and we want them to identify with being a life long learner, but do we do the same? I noted a change in my … Continue reading

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

This winter, I attended University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum where I was able to hear one of my academic heroine’s, Angela Valenzuela, speak. Valenzuela’s text, Subtractive Schooling, is one of my favorites. She conducts research at a large high school in Houston, Texas, and posits that the Mexican immigrant students are not resisting the school … Continue reading

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

IEP Drama in a Broken System

IEP Drama in a Broken System

Having been a full-time educator now for 15 years and having been a parent for almost 8 years, there are moments when the two experiences collide and one sheds light on the other in a blinding way. This happened recently with my son’s IEP process. WARNING: This is along one, readers. [For those of you … Continue reading

Getting Called Out on Your Racial Microaggressions

Getting Called Out on Your Racial Microaggressions

I have written about racial microaggressions before, but I had the humbling experience of being called out on my own racial microaggression this fall by my brave student Stephanie (name changed). For those who don’t know: Racial microaggressions have been defined as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, … Continue reading

Turn Your Back because PUBLIC SCHOOLS MATTER

Turn Your Back because PUBLIC SCHOOLS MATTER

As 2014 drew to a close, New York City was a electrified yet grieving bundle of nerves. After the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who administered the choke-hold on Eric Garner that resulted in his death, the city was a constant flow of protests, die-ins, and demonstrations. The Mayor … Continue reading

Teaching with Hip Hop/Rap Music

Teaching with Hip Hop/Rap Music

While procrastinating in the most productive way this morning, I read this article about Slick Rick, a musician I have been a fan of since the 6th grade when we sat in Jimmy Meceda’s bedroom listening to a 45″ record of “LaDiDaDi” of Doug E. Fresh and MC Ricky D (later known as Slick Rick) … Continue reading

This is my job

This is my job

I get a lot of questions from people about teaching community college. A lot. Most of my friends did not go to community college and they want to know what the differences are between it and a four-year school. A lot of people I know are literature and/or creative writing professors, and although my job … Continue reading