Tagged with high school

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

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

The Importance of Model Texts/Sample Papers

This fall semester I taught I class I designed called Ethnography of Education. In the class, the students learned sociological concepts/theories of education and ethnographic research skills. They created a simple research question, chose a research subject, and observed and interviewed their subject. They retrieved a document from their subject and/or related to their research … Continue reading

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

Writing Portfolios

Writing Portfolios

I got an iPhone the February of my last year teaching high school. I am one of those ridiculous people who has about 1500 photos on my iPhone, some from that time (2011!). Last Friday I was at my daughter’s camp performance and trying to make a video of her reluctantly walking on a tightrope … Continue reading

Gift from Trayvon

Gift from Trayvon

Trayvon Martin (Feb. 5, 1995 – Feb. 26, 2012) should have celebrated his 19th birthday today. Two years after his death, I find myself still thinking of him. I think about who he might be now (who was I at 19?), I think about his parents’ battle for justice, I think about the stupid insanity … Continue reading

Rest in Peace, Avonte.

Rest in Peace, Avonte.

This past October the entire city of New York was shaken up by a young boy who went missing. Avonte Oquendo, an autistic and non-verbal young man walked out of his high school and was never seen again. A rigorous search commenced to the likes of which I have never experienced during my 14+ years … Continue reading

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

My School Family

Tonight I am going to my old high school’s Christmas party. No doubt I will drink too much and require a lot of coffee, gatorade, and bacon tomorrow morning. That’s how we do it. I worked at Cobble Hill School of American Studies for 10 years. I got a job there after teaching one year … Continue reading