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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.

If you Liked it, You Shoulda Put it on a Pillow

If you Liked it, You Shoulda Put it on a Pillow

Can I kvetch for a minute? Thank god it’s the end of September. Let me say, between the kindergarten phase in, the lice infestation, Alex throwing up in class last Tuesday, Alex practically breaking her nose (can’t believe it’s NOT broken) at the playground on Friday, Adam sick as a dog all weekend, me waking … Continue reading

Word Crimes by “Weird Al” Yankovic

For anyone whose Facebook feed is not filled with English teachers, if you haven’t seen this it’s genius:   You can bet that will be played in my classroom next fall!

Tumbleweave

Tumbleweave

Amid the craziness that goes down in an inner city high school that I bore witness to, I developed a new vocabulary. Today I will introduce you to a word I thought I created: TUMBLEWEAVE. tumbleweave (noun): I will set the stage for you: After a girl fight in the hallway, hair weave is left … Continue reading

End of Year Crazy

End of Year Crazy

Unlike most colleges, we are not done yet. This is the last week of class. After class ends, I’ll have 27 short stories to grade (alone), 27 reflection essays to grade (alone), and 81 final projects to grade with my co-teachers. Next week is finals, our grades are due, and we have faculty assessment days. … Continue reading

Pop-Culturally Relevant Assignments/Projects

Pop-Culturally Relevant Assignments/Projects

When I first started teaching, I was always looking for assignments and/or projects that the students would think was cool because the assignment and/or project mirrored what was cool in their teen lives at the time. I think, somewhere tucked in my file cabinet, I still have a vanity plate of one of my 8th … Continue reading

Unicorn Standards (not Common Core Standards)

Unicorn Standards (not Common Core Standards)

About six weeks back I got on Amazon to find a horse costume for my son and a cheetah costume for my daughter. While sifting through the many horse costumes out there, this beauty caught my attention and I almost died laughing: But then it got better. I read the REVIEWS. Here are a few … Continue reading

Back to School Anxiety Manifested

Back to School Anxiety Manifested

I am back from a three week hiatus during which I ignored this website, my work life, and my writing and just read, played with my kids, talked to my husband, and tried to tan in the cellulite on the tops of my legs (Why do I still feel that a tan will make me … 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

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