Posted in July 2015

Brooklyn ‘Hood Poetry–Early Days of School Lesson

Brooklyn ‘Hood Poetry–Early Days of School Lesson

I have been in writing whirlwind the last few weeks as I finished and submitted a couple of academic articles from my dissertation (finally…). I have also been purging the dozens of journal articles from my doctoral coursework that I have kept for YEARS in my file cabinet, producing piles and piles of paper that … Continue reading

Thanks to Thanks, Textbooks

Thanks to Thanks, Textbooks

Sometimes there’s a blog that just gets it right. Thanks, textbooks, is one such blog. They have images from textbooks around the world, but the commentary is what kills me. Click on the link above or here: http://thankstextbooks.tumblr.com/ for a good laugh.

The Magical Realism of Fiction (& Harry Potter)

The Magical Realism of Fiction (& Harry Potter)

Last night, as I scrolled through my Twitter feed, I came across a post by Scholastic Which led me to this page on facebook, a page filled with stories of readers and their experiences with the last of the Harry Potter series. I only read a few posts, but they reminded me how the first … Continue reading

What Have You Learned? One Year Since Mike Brown & Eric Garner

What Have You Learned? One Year Since Mike Brown & Eric Garner

This time last summer Mike Brown and Eric Garner were still alive. That’s pretty shocking when I write that down. Who knows what they were doing–enjoying the summer, making plans for the fall–but their lives were cut short and launched the Black Lives Matter movement fiercely and forcefully into the world. This is a movement … Continue reading

Life Long Learning

Life Long Learning

Life long learning. Life long learners. Those are words that come up often in the profession of teaching and the field of education. We want students to experience life long learning and we want them to identify with being a life long learner, but do we do the same? I noted a change in my … Continue reading

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

An Alternative to Standardized Tests: PBATS

This winter, I attended University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography Forum where I was able to hear one of my academic heroine’s, Angela Valenzuela, speak. Valenzuela’s text, Subtractive Schooling, is one of my favorites. She conducts research at a large high school in Houston, Texas, and posits that the Mexican immigrant students are not resisting the school … Continue reading

End of School Year Deluge of Work

End of School Year Deluge of Work

Each June, I know it’s coming. At the end of each school year piles and piles of work get sent home. Folders. Paperclips. Cute stuff. Stupid stuff (why did  you send this home, o’ teacher, WHY?!?!). Rubrics, rubrics, rubrics. Crappy worksheets. Amazing drawings. Not-so-amazing drawings. Math workbooks that are completed. Writing workbooks that are empty … Continue reading

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Disability Awareness & Texts & Yay!

Growing up with a physically disabled Dad in the 70’s and 80’s was not something we talked about as a family. We talked about the logistics of dad’s health problems quite a bit (who would take care of us when dad was in the hospital, what we couldn’t eat, where we could go on vacation), … Continue reading