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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

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

Black History Month: “X” and Sam Cooke

I always feel torn about relegated “months” of appreciation. Historically marginalized groups should be recognized within curriculum–I have no argument with that–but I also believe that a well-constructed curriculum should explore many races/groups throughout the entire year in conversation with one another. The, “It’s February so everything we read needs to be by a Black … 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