Posted in September 2012

Being a teacher on 9/11

Being a teacher on 9/11

September 11, 2001, also happened to be my second day of teaching high school. I had taught middle school the year prior, but my school, IS 111, had been shut down very abruptly and I landed a job in Cobble Hill, the neighborhood next to Brooklyn Heights, the neighborhood next to the East River that … Continue reading

First Days of School Lesson: Letter to Self

Here in New York City, the students arrive tomorrow. We teach them for two days and then it’s the weekend. In some ways, it’s the perfect dose of teaching and class time for you to gauge your classes, your students, and how to best launch your first unit of study on Monday. But what do … Continue reading

I Want to Be Mike Rose When I Grow Up

I Want to Be Mike Rose When I Grow Up

Way back in the Fall of 2001* I took a class at Brooklyn College towards my Masters in English Education called Advanced Theories and Practice of Composition. It was taught by Jessica Siegel, a past high school teacher turned professor and journalist, and it was–if I dare say this into the cybersphere–the ONLY practical class … Continue reading