Posted in September 2013

YA Blog Worth Following

When I posted about my YA binge reading obsession, I couldn’t remember the YA Lit blog that I love, but she just posted (one of the perks of following someone’s blog) , and her blog is: For the Love of Books And for any of you teaching middle or high school, I highly recommend it. … Continue reading

Map of Racial Segregation in the US

Map of Racial Segregation in the US

This week was my first week of classes. Our first six-week study in City Seminar I is on transportation, particularly the transportation system (trains, buses, MTA) here in New York City and in other urban spaces globally. This topic will be explored in all three course components of our Freshman Seminar course which is called … Continue reading

Fulbrights for Teachers

The best experiences I had in professional development while teaching was visiting other schools abroad through funded programs for teachers. I have visited schools in Japan, England, and Israel through various programs for educators. These programs were all fully funded = not a dime of my own money was spent. I just got an email … Continue reading

YA Binge Reading

YA Binge Reading

In addition to cleaning like a maniac as a form of procrastination before the school year starts (btw, I did finish a full-fledged top to bottom cleaning of our apartment!), I also binge read Young Adult (YA) literature. I used to read YA literature because I was a high school English teacher and I needed … Continue reading

R.I.P. Marshall Berman

Marshall Berman, a professor at City College within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, was never my professor but he was my husband’s. Why am I writing about his death if he wasn’t my teacher? While Adam was in his class we lost our first pregnancy. I was just over 12 weeks pregnant … Continue reading

R.I.P. Jean Anyon

R.I.P. Jean Anyon

When I started my doctoral work at Teachers College, I was introduced to Jean Anyon in an early class. We were assigned to read, “Social Class and School Knowledge” published in 1981 by The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. This one article, and learning about Jean Anyon’s concept of the hidden curriculum, changed my life. … Continue reading