After one trip to New York, at just 15 years old, I got a taste of the energy the big city had to offer. I was addicted and had my mind set on becoming a transplant. Three short years later, young and naive, New York City became a reality for me. I packed my bags, … Continue reading A Little Taste of Home
I read this article from The New York Times today about how low-income high school kids have so many barriers to college entrance. The article profiles three students from Kansas trying to figure out if they can attend college. For one, who is bright and a good test taker, the thought of taking the ACT … Continue reading Day 24: The Price of Access
I am tired. I thought spring break would be the magical moment at which I turned the corner. The unexpected death of one of my dear former students just a day into my vacation, however, left me unable to recoup any energy - emotional or physical. Quite frankly, what I'd most like to do right … Continue reading Fatigue & Gratitude
Have you ever played catch up? One of those times when you totally lose track of dates and times, only to be jarred back into reality by the responsibilities of life? I am only now again becoming aware of the days of the week after a magical visit to my district from Jason Reynolds. Two days … Continue reading Slices of Life 19: Catching Up with a Story about Race
CHILDREN SEE MAGIC BECAUSE THEY LOOK FOR IT. -CHRISTOPHER MOORE After a long week, I sometimes find myself admiring my children’s innocence, playfulness, and endless tanks full of energy. Childhood is full of freedom and magic. Here are just a few lessons from my children that have helped me capture the magic of childhood: Play … Continue reading MAGIC LESSONS FROM MY CHILDREN
Do I believe in intrinsic motivation? Of course! Do I want all of my children (students and birthed children) to be intrinsically motivated all of the time to-- do the right thing, work hard, be kind, learn a lot, etc? Of course! And… do I sometimes resort to extrinsic motivators? ABSOLUTELY! I try to think … Continue reading Fake it ‘til you Make It
My awesome colleague Michelle is always quick to remind me that the energy I direct to any situation determines how it plays out. Because I have lived that out in practice, I decided to have an enjoyable snow day with my boypie. And, because it seemed poetic, of sorts, I offer the following catalog poem … Continue reading Day 14 Catalog Poem for a Snow Day
I've been in a bit of reading drought this year. As much as I encourage my students to make time to read for pleasure, I find it really hard to make the time to do the same. There's just always something else to do—papers to grade, lessons to plan, blogs to read (and write). This … Continue reading Slice of Life 13: Code switch
They taught me how to write goals and objectives. You identified static and dynamic characters with 100% accuracy. They told me I needed to be engaging. I used music, movies, and humor . . . Oh the guffaws that filled the room when Abigail Williams became Abitramp. They said hands-on experiences are best. I took you … Continue reading They never told me . . .
My teaching assistant this semester is a student I had as a sophomore who returned to "help" me during her senior spring. Mind you, this is the same student who said I should have a reality TV show and call it "Hell's English." I love this kid. Seriously. I do. Last week, she came into … Continue reading Slice of Life 12: Do You Have Any Advice?