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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

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

You can’t make this up…

I was always amused by the cast of quirky characters I encountered teaching. I must admit that in my two years since moving to teaching college, the characters are largely less colorful. So are the students. But that’s another post. One particularly colorful character was the Spanish teacher, Ms. Martinez. Originally from Puerto Rico, she … Continue reading

Copy Paper Drama

Copy Paper Drama

Any other high school out there suffer from copy paper drama? At my first school, IS 111 (now defunct), you needed to horde copy paper. Teachers ordered a box of copy paper to be delivered from Staples to the school, locked it in their classroom locker, and only brought what they needed to the copy … Continue reading

Happy End of Black History Month

Happy End of Black History Month

I feel slightly ashamed.  February is over and I didn’t post a smidge about Black History Month. I do have issues with there being “months” for Black History and Women’s History, but I got so accustomed to designing and planning all my curriculum around such months for 10+ years that I have felt some  guilt … Continue reading

Class You Need Help With…

Class You Need Help With…

Been thinking a lot about issues of race and class in education this week. The day my students respond to the question in black with something similar to that answer in red, my work will be complete.

A Kitten Dies…

A Kitten Dies…

A neighborhood friend and coincidentialy someone I trained as a teacher WAY back in the day (summer of 2002?) posted this on facebook and it killed me. She had seen it on a teacher’s door at another school. And then, because the world is small and crazy and wonderful, I was at Washington Irving High … Continue reading

You are smarter than a computer!

Kids today…They want a computer to do everything for them. My students are learning how to use APA format for writing papers, and they are so freakin’ lazy when it comes to citing correctly and creating a References page. Soooooo lazy. Then we have a librarian who introduced them to this program called EasyBib, that … Continue reading