Posted in January 2013

Reading Night Terror

Having a mom who is an English teacher comes with certain burdens. I wouldn’t know–the only book my mom has read (although she has read it about a million times–no exaggeration) is the Bible–but my children will certain carry the cross of having had me as a mom for many reasons, with one of those … Continue reading

The Choices Teachers Make

The Choices Teachers Make

It would probably not surprise you to know that I have always had a planned evacuation route from my classroom should there be a school shooting. I had one in the middle school where I worked for one year, the high school where I worked for ten years, and I have one for the community … Continue reading

A Kitten Dies…

A Kitten Dies…

A neighborhood friend and coincidentialy someone I trained as a teacher WAY back in the day (summer of 2002?) posted this on facebook and it killed me. She had seen it on a teacher’s door at another school. And then, because the world is small and crazy and wonderful, I was at Washington Irving High … Continue reading

Art on my Mind

Art on my Mind

To follow up my last post on student engagement, I am currently teaching a class at our community college called Arts in NYC, a course I created thanks to the background knowledge I have from courses taken in undergrad with Carol Mavor and elin o’hara slavick, two incredible women whom I have always wanted to … Continue reading

Student Engagement

Student Engagement

I have been thinking a lot about student engagement for almost a year now. Last year I was placed on our community college’s Assessment Committee, and I was charged withing helping make and vet the Institutional Student Learning Outcome rubrics. Yes, that sounds like torture, but it was surprisingly illuminating. One area we tried to … Continue reading

Procrastination & Writing

Today I should post about writing, and here I sit on the train home from work, 10:32 at night, composing this on my phone because I was too busy writing! But not fun writing, my friends, I was… …GRANT WRITING (insert shriek of agony here). And because I haven’t learned diddly-squat after a lifetime of … Continue reading

Forgiveness

Forgiveness might be a strange title for a post on a blog about teaching, but I read a New York Times article last night that my acupuncturist had posted on Facebook and I just can’t shake it. I keep thinking about it and how powerful it is to forgive. Of course I have been busy … Continue reading

Love Your Teacher in 2013

Love Your Teacher in 2013

Welcome back, folks. Reality is setting in. I am in my cubby (my cubicle is so small I refuse to call it a cubicle and instead refer to it as a cubby) and organizing my mind. My mind is everywhere. Scattered, smattered, and covered like some good greasy hash browns from Waffle House. This is … Continue reading