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One of my former students approached me around October. He really wanted to start an LGBT group and wanted me to sponsor it.
I wondered why he had approached me. Over the years, I’ve developed a reputation for candor and for answering frank questions from students. I’ve always made sure to affirm the identities of LGBT students and pushback the use of homophobic or transphobic comments. So I guess he noticed.
We put together some fliers and I put an announcement to be read over the school intercoms that people who were interested in joining the club should come see me. I wanted to get student feedback to see what day would be a good meeting time and what they hoped the club would be. I had about 20 students see me.
I put in the official club paperwork with the school so that we could fundraise in the future if need be.…
It’s the twilight of Christmas break, the first one in my career that I didn’t limp into. A lot has changed this year. I have changed a lot this year. I’m hesitant to read back on any of the older entries here. I remember when I had Live Journals in high school. When I became…read more »
Oh, hey. This old thing. At this rate, I should be finishing up post #100 by about summer of 2019 or so. This is year five. I’m teaching math still, but this time it’s remediation for the state end-of-course exam for Algebra 1. After five weeks, I really like it! I have small classes for…read more »
It’s only been seven months or so since I last deigned to come on this space and write about anything. There are a lot of reasons for this: I’m on Twitter now. A lot. The teachforus.org site went all nutty at one point (and it still is?) I have been drowning in a sea of…read more »
I was wary of making post about this. I’m struggling to write about this in a way that isn’t about me because it isn’t at all. But I feel like this is professionally the most emotionally-wrenching thing I’ve been party to and wanted to share this from a teacher’s perspective. One of my students from…read more »
In the past and particularly this summer, I have had a draft or two kicking around in my mind before I actually sat down to type anything. Not so, this fall. I think this goes beyond me being busy. We are always busy. I think what is different now is that I’m less certain. Less…read more »
I am in the middle of wrapping up 30 hours of state-mandated “Gifted and Talented” professional development. I don’t know how useful it is to call it such given that many of the practices are just plain good practice for any student (encourage creativity! open-ended questioning!), and it’s a bit disconcerting that it is brought…read more »
Year four of teaching 4 America is afoot, but before I lapse into a writing coma until Thanksgiving, I have a guest post up on Edushyster. I had a lot of fun writing it and a lot of distress researching it.read more »
I had a chance to sit and chat via Spreecast with some of the regular cast of characters around the TeachForUs/TFA water cooler this week. At the end of the discussion, a 2013 corps member remarked to Gary Rubinstein that he comes across as extreme to new TFA corps members who have not had much…read more »
I’m pretty far removed from academia these days, so forgive me if I’m duplicating another scholar’s work. I’ve been engaging with and reading the opinions of a greater number of stakeholders in education this summer. I’m finding the Democrat-Republican and liberal-conservative (social or economic) divides to be less helpful in understanding the debates that are…read more »