Posted in July 2013

Becoming…

After a couple weeks of lame productivity, my kids are in CT and I am buckling down for a few days of 24/7 work. This is one of those times when I question why I left teaching high school: SUMMER. I worked during the summer while I was a high school teacher, but I never … Continue reading

Banana Bread! (brings us together)

Banana Bread! (brings us together)

This week has been HEAVY, yes? I have felt weighed down. Last night, regardless of the 90+ degree heat, I decided to make some banana bread. We had three, big rotting bananas and I am trying not to waste food, so I borrowed a cup of sugar from my lovely neighbor Jess and turned the … Continue reading

Dear Trayvon,

Dear Trayvon,

Dear Trayvon, I never knew you and I never will, but I feel like I knew you. From all I have read about the person you were before you were murdered by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, you sound like many of students I taught here in Brooklyn, New York. Your story could have … Continue reading

White Privilege

White privilege is a very hard concept for many White folks to get. It was hard for me, too. For years and years as a young adult, I refused to believe that the color of my skin had privileged me. I felt the opposite of privileged–I felt my life had been one freakin’ long-ass struggle: … Continue reading

Another Story

Another Story

Wednesday night we went to Prospect Park to see the New York City Philharmonic’s annual free concert. I have been going to this concert since I moved here. It has evolved from a night with friends, to a romantic night with Adam, to a couple years off when we had little ones, and now it’s … Continue reading

Undoing the Five Paragraph Essay Zombies

Undoing the Five Paragraph Essay Zombies

I feel that by the title of this post alone, you all will understand what I’m talking about. Students today have the five paragraph essay format drilled into their brains to the point of writing paralysis. They are five paragraph essay zombies. The five paragraph essay structure is essential for survival in the public school … Continue reading

Venn Diagram Tattoo

Monday was my birthday. I turned 39. I am not one of those women who is terrified of the approach of 40. In fact, I kinda wish I had turned 40 on Monday because 39 seems like a desperate age, an age in which one clings to the last year of the 30’s. I had … Continue reading

How and Why I Just Said “No” to Pearson

How and Why I Just Said “No” to Pearson

After teaching high school in Brooklyn for 10 years, I took a job as an Assistant Professor of English at what is now  the Stella & Charles Guttman Community College (formerly the New Community College) in the City University of New York system. What I have realized in the past two years is that being … Continue reading

Tests are Exempt from Research Compliance…WTF?

Yesterday I spent approximately FIVE grueling hours doing online research compliance courses in order to begin my new research project next Fall as a professor at CUNY. I had to take an online course on the Responsible Conduct of Research and an additional online course on the Protection of Human Subjects. Each were over 2 … Continue reading

Mosse Book Club

Mosse Book Club

Here’s a photograph of me and my mosse at our elementary school’s benefit auction. Yes, you read that correctly–my mosse as I named it. My mom posse. The mosse was born at the beginning of pre-K when Charlotte, the one in the navy blue dress, emailed all the moms in our pre-K class and suggested … Continue reading