The Mamas and the Papas

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I was eating dinner at a fine Irish establishment at Washington Heights in the middle of the parent-teacher conferences at my school when someone mentioned …

Kanye West on the Truman Show

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Yes, I caught that Kanye West video of him crying in front of everyone at the Paris, France show. It was honestly one of the …

So Close I Can Taste It

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I got some updates on Penny Harvest at my school: So far, the 8th grade has collected a good 150+ pounds of pennies. The 7th …

Makes Me Wanna Holla

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Before I continue, a big shout out to Right Wing Nation, for linking me on the Carnival of Education. And a special shout-out to Dan, …

Tan Joven

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Honestly, today’s professional development didn’t do anything to make me a better teacher, and I’m pretty sure I have a ways to go before I …

Student of the Month

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I have this one girl in one of my classes who’s awesome. She’s one of the sharpest students I’ve ever had as far as math. …

2007 Weblog Award Finalist

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It looks like all the nominations and votes worked. I’m one of the finalists for Best Education Blog for the 2007 Weblog Awards. Pretty cool …

A Tale of Two Lower East Siders

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I’m a resident Lower East Sider. I don’t teach around here, but my heart, soul, and body still resides here. So when news from this …

Take a Bow

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I’m not sure if I still have a couple of sports fans reading, but notice how as soon as the Red Sox won the World …

Penny Harvest Mania

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Tomorrow’s the first Weigh-in at my school for Penny Harvest, the annual system-wide fundraising event for charities across the US sponsored by Common Cents. I’m …

Not Your Average Joe

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I became a baseball fan when I was around 9 years old, when the Yankees were getting their butts beat in the division by the …

Penny Harvest Math

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Ah, I’m taking a breather from politics. Not that I don’t like duking it out with different individuals on my beliefs, but because I like …

Incalculable

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Every year, sometime in September, teachers and administrators get a huge stack of papers describing to us exactly how our kids performed in the 2-3 …

Who’s The Savage?

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This kid in my school’s about 5’10, Black Latino, raspy voice, and a good 225-235 pounds easily. The first time I ever observed him, I …

Let It Be

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When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be … While everyone’s been hitting …

Imagine

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Imagine there’s no Heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today … …

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

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Before college, I was never much into drugs. The closest I ever came to actually having drugs were the moments of secondhand contact and at …

Helter Skelter

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Those that need an explanation as to why people made a big uproar over the Jena 6 need no further comment from me after this: …

We Can Work It Out

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Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend. I have always thought that it’s a crime, so I will …

Revolution

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You say you want a revolution, well you know we all want to change the world. My annoyance right now stems from the idea of …

Across The Universe

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I finally settled on a new layout. Though it’s not exactly the one I wanted, it’s the only one that works for both Internet Explorer …

Leave Fame Alone

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I recently saw one of the most disturbing videos of the year when I saw Chris Crocker (a.k.a. “Leave Britney Alone” guy) on MySpace, sobbing …

Ms. B Does Her F*(k!n Job!

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Today, I had the grand opportunity of observing a “veteran” teacher, and I hate to go into details, but let’s just say that this person’s …

The Common Factor

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“The mediocre teachers tell. The good teachers explain. The superior teachers demonstrate. The great teachers inspire.” – my good friend Indira, who quoted someone else, …

Color Commentary

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The problem / blessing with being a blogger of “color” is that, because of our natural tendency to discuss politics, we’re instantly labeled and constricted …

Do Your F*ck!n Job

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Mayor Bloomberg’s latest ideas on creating incentives for people doing what they’re supposed to do annoys the shit out of me. I hate to curse …

The Traveling Prayer

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Thanks everyone for your prayers and thoughts. I finally arrived to Florida after a somewhat long trip here. I had a short stop at Washington, DC, and …

And I Wonder …

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“Find your dreams come true And I wonder if you know What it means To find your dreams …” I’ve been forced to do a …

A Dish Best Served Well

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Man, it’s been a crazy weekend. Unfortunately, I can’t go into specifics, but it’s all accumulating with my father’s worsening health. (If you know how …