Tagged with inner city teaching

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

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

What’s it like to teach in an inner city school?

What’s it like to teach in an inner city school?

It’s hard to explain what it is like, but I can tell you what it is not like: Teaching in an inner-city school is NOT what most mainstream media presents, especially Hollywood.  I know some Hollywood films like “Stand and Deliver” and “Freedom Writers” are based on real life teachers and students, but huge victories … Continue reading