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Author Jean Kwok is amazing.

Author Jean Kwok is amazing.

This is one of those stories that proves when you give love you get it back. That amazing things can happen from the smallest transactions. That teaching can blow your mind apart. I am still awash in shock, awe, and happiness that it all transpired. I posted months ago about a young man reading our … Continue reading

World Book Night 2013!

World Book Night 2013!

I haven’t posted in a while, and while I have felt intensely guilty about my lack of posting it’s only because so many amazing things have been happening at work that I have been too too busy to put them into words. Now I will try to catch up. Last week, on April 23rd (Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

Not-so-Silent Wall Conversation Activity

Not-so-Silent Wall Conversation Activity

Wednesday was our first day back from Spring Break, and, as you might imagine, the students were lackluster in their enthusiasm at best (Minus one student, Steven, who admitted that he was bored at home and wanted to come back; I love it when students admit that!). With this in mind, I made sure we … Continue reading

Film Review: “Gimme the Loot”

Film Review: “Gimme the Loot”

My own children are at their grandparent’s house this week for spring break so I can write. Every day I go to the gym, come home and write like a motherfucker, and then go out with my husband. Sunday night we saw a show at the Brooklyn Academy of Music after eating at Pork Slope … Continue reading

How do you read? (A Marsden Giberter)

Teaching reading is hard because students don’t realize what they do when they read. There’ s an innate knowledge involved, and they (most likely) have never been asked to describe their reading process. In order for them to move forward in their reading skills, they need to understand what skills they already have. Enter the … Continue reading

A New Take on Peer Revision

Peer Revision in my class has been lukewarm at best. I have tried everything to get the exercise to move out of the pocket of mediocrity where it seems lodged but to no avail. I have created checklists for students to complete on each others’ drafts, scavenger hunts of things to search for, warm/cool feedback … Continue reading

What is College Level Reading?

What is College Level Reading?

I am participating in a program run through CUNY’s At Home in College Program and the New York City Writing Project called Bridging the Space. It brings together high school teachers and college professors to forge a common definition of college readiness through a deeper understanding of what  happens in our respective work places. There … Continue reading

Feed Them Books

We just started our new semester a week ago. Last Monday I told the students to race to the bookstore and get the novel we are reading for Composition I. It’ s Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok; I had success with when teaching Freshman Composition at Kingsborough Community College. On Wednesday, we met for … Continue reading

Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader

I love Young Adult Books. I love lists. Here’s a great list to keep around from Bitch Magazine: Top 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader Good for the classroom library or those of us with little girls. Start building the at home library now!

When “N*ggas” Can’t Read…

When “N*ggas” Can’t Read…

[Immediate disclaimer: I feel totally uncomfortable using the n-word in any form. I used it here because it was used by a student and I am quoting him.] I am friends with many of my old students on facebook (Although a large percentage of them are hidden from my feed due to photos of them … Continue reading