Tagged with community college

Coming Out in the Classroom

I know this title might be read in terms of sexual orientation, but it’s more than that. I have gone through many phases in my career when I *wish* I was different in the classroom. Just this week, I observed a sweet young adjunct who teaches at our community college. While I can craft and … Continue reading

Collaborative Reading Exercise

Whenever I have a lesson planning mental block, I pull out my trustworthy NYCWP Satellite Institute binder. A few weeks back, I had on the syllabus that I would go over the text the students had read in Summerbridge: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Saffron Foer. We were to talk about the idea … Continue reading

Peer Review Lessons from 1st Grade

Peer Review Lessons from 1st Grade

My daughter Alexandra is rocking it in 1st grade. Seriously. Unlike last year when she cried every morning of kindergarten for six weeks, she hit the ground running this year and has been happy since day one. It has been an enormous relief. Although school started only six weeks ago, we have already had two … Continue reading

Undoing the Five Paragraph Essay Zombies

Undoing the Five Paragraph Essay Zombies

I feel that by the title of this post alone, you all will understand what I’m talking about. Students today have the five paragraph essay format drilled into their brains to the point of writing paralysis. They are five paragraph essay zombies. The five paragraph essay structure is essential for survival in the public school … Continue reading

This Book Made Me Throw Up (in a good way)

I have been sitting here staring at the screen for about 20 minutes. I have been avoiding this post for about 4 weeks. I don’t even know why. About a month ago, I read two books back to back: The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp and Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. I … Continue reading

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

The Race Card Project

The Race Card Project

In my last class we discussed racial stereotypes and how stereotyping, racism, and discrimination affects various immigrant populations as well as the protagonist of our novel Girl in Translation. I have done this lesson in various forms many, many times and each time I learn something new about how my students see the world. I … 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