Posted in March 2013

What is College Level Reading?

What is College Level Reading?

I am participating in a program run through CUNY’s At Home in College Program and the New York City Writing Project called Bridging the Space. It brings together high school teachers and college professors to forge a common definition of college readiness through a deeper understanding of what  happens in our respective work places. There … Continue reading

Demystify Writing Complex Sentences

Demystify Writing Complex Sentences

Had the best teaching day today, so I have to share. My students writing is improving and I am proud of them. I don’t think I can take much credit for it because I feel they improved greatly during our Winter Term (when I didn’t teach them), but the essays I just graded were ions … Continue reading

Infinite (Perks of Being a Wallflower review)

Infinite (Perks of Being a Wallflower review)

Last weekend we had some friends over for an amazing dinner (slow fried chicken, lentils, endive salad) made by my husband and killer Old Fashioned’s (a bourbon cocktail) by my friend Susannah. After our friends left and we put the kids to bed and cleaned up, Adam passed out cold on the couch and I … Continue reading

What’s it like to teach in an inner city school?

What’s it like to teach in an inner city school?

It’s hard to explain what it is like, but I can tell you what it is not like: Teaching in an inner-city school is NOT what most mainstream media presents, especially Hollywood.  I know some Hollywood films like “Stand and Deliver” and “Freedom Writers” are based on real life teachers and students, but huge victories … Continue reading

Disclaimer to All

Dear anyone who reads this blog, I decided to start this blog to force myself to write what I know. My writing is not perfect, and it has taken me YEARS for me to make peace with that. It has taken a long, long time to summon the courage to write, to feel like I … Continue reading

Feed Them Books

We just started our new semester a week ago. Last Monday I told the students to race to the bookstore and get the novel we are reading for Composition I. It’ s Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok; I had success with when teaching Freshman Composition at Kingsborough Community College. On Wednesday, we met for … Continue reading

Happy End of Black History Month

Happy End of Black History Month

I feel slightly ashamed.  February is over and I didn’t post a smidge about Black History Month. I do have issues with there being “months” for Black History and Women’s History, but I got so accustomed to designing and planning all my curriculum around such months for 10+ years that I have felt some  guilt … Continue reading

Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

I love Young Adult Books. I love lists. Here’s a great list to keep around from Bitch Magazine: Top 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader Good for the classroom library or those of us with little girls. Start building the at home library now!

Stop talking badly about teachers, please.

I am sure everyone in the education world–both high school teachers and college professors–read this article by Kenneth Bernstein from The Washington Post “A Warning to College Professors from a High School Teacher” during which a lifelong high school teacher explains, very clearly, what has become of the teaching profession. I found the article spot … Continue reading