Posted in December 2012

Goldilocks shat…

Goldilocks shat…

I love student errors like this one. Maybe because I am immature. But look at this–perfect use of there and their–but then a mishap in the spelling of S-A-T. But, oh, what a great mishap. So great it broke the chair. (Borrowed from Erica Miller, a friend I have known since kindergarten, who now teaches … Continue reading

Miracle

Teaching feels like this. Some days I need a serious attitude adjustment. I get bogged down from the lack of education my students had before they reached me, for the poverty that has engraved itself so deeply into their lives by the age of 18, for their lack of literacy and the feeling that I … Continue reading

Speed Dating/Speed Reading Activity

Speed Dating/Speed Reading Activity

I had two energizing, amazing classes last week doing this activity, so I wanted to share. Has anyone ever participated in speed dating? I, sadly, have not. It came about after I had met Adam, but I had many colleagues who went to speed dating sessions throughout the city. Speed dating, for those of you … Continue reading

Why We Write

Why We Write

The transition from teaching high school to teaching college is far more challenging than I anticipated, but the element that I find most challenging is the infrequency in which I see my students. Granted, this semester has been a bit like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island–a rickity-jerky century-old wooden roller coaster that leaves you … Continue reading

The Works: Anatomy of a City

The Works: Anatomy of a City

I am in LOVE with a book. I am in LOVE with a non-fiction book full of infographics and data. And my students are in LOVE with it, too. Miraculous, yes? The Works: Anatomy of a City by Kate Ascher is a book we have had on our kids’ bookshelf forever. Adam would occasionally pull it … Continue reading

Don’t call it a comeback…

…’cause I’ve been blogging for years! But man, this academic life is HARD to juggle. Seriously. When I was teaching high school my focus was TEACHING. Now I teach (and, because I am big on teaching, I still do all the things I did when in the classroom which are very time consuming as you … Continue reading