Posted in April 2013

World Book Night 2013!

World Book Night 2013!

I haven’t posted in a while, and while I have felt intensely guilty about my lack of posting it’s only because so many amazing things have been happening at work that I have been too too busy to put them into words. Now I will try to catch up. Last week, on April 23rd (Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

Gratitude

Gratitude

I have been cleaning out email all day. So much email! Amid the mess I found a request from a dear student whom I taught almost 3 years ago. She is now at a different CUNY community college (BMCC) and applying for a scholarship. She wrote to me because she needed a letter of recommendation. … Continue reading

Educators: Stop Using Comic Sans!

For the record, let me proclaim publicly that I hate the Comic Sans font. Loathe. Abhor. It makes me feel a tightness in my chest of rage. Comic Sans is very overused by teachers. I understand why someone who teaches K-3 might use it. After that, it should be banned. Exiled. Banished (pronounced like in … Continue reading

Not-so-Silent Wall Conversation Activity

Not-so-Silent Wall Conversation Activity

Wednesday was our first day back from Spring Break, and, as you might imagine, the students were lackluster in their enthusiasm at best (Minus one student, Steven, who admitted that he was bored at home and wanted to come back; I love it when students admit that!). With this in mind, I made sure we … Continue reading

The Importance of Early Childhood Education

A  not-so-curious thing is happening in education. Early Childhood Education is very hot right now. President Barack Obama even mentioned it in his inauguration address. Every talking head in the world of education is blah blah blah-ing about how an early start to reading, writing, math, and school habits is what determines future academic success … Continue reading

The Teacher’s Tale

The Teacher’s Tale

The Teacher’s Tale Here begins the teacher’s tale: Once upon a time, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, There lived a sixth grader, the embodiment of sin And a first year teacher, who, innocent as a daisy, Had a confrontation with this child that about drove her crazy. First let me forewarn you that this tale is quite … Continue reading

The Teacher’s Tale Prologue

April is National Poetry Month! I wrote this after my first year teaching. I had my students each write a tale from a modern person modeled on The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. I was 28 years old, I had taught one year of 8th grade and was teaching high school for the first time, … Continue reading