Short Notes: Share and Share Alike

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I’m bringing back Short Notes Sundays. I get to read a lot of good stuff around the web. Here’s a few that have gotten my brain working: Stacia L. Brown posits that the personal writing economy is the worst for Black women. It’s worth a reader for all writers, and …

Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera

Short Notes: Thank You, Mariano Rivera #ExitSandman

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A few notes: Roxana Gay argues contemplates the use of racial and gender adjectives for the term “writer.” [The Nation] This document stresses the need for our times to reflect the political and economic dynamic of the Millennials. Real talk. [Tara Conley] A book ban of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man …


Short Notes: The Learning Styles Nonsense

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A few notes: Please do like my page on Facebook if you haven’t already. The conversations there are heating up. [Facebook] Dan Willingham called learning styles crap a long time ago, but this article explores the idea anyways. [Scientific American] Rania Khalek finds out that SNAP (food stamps) practically pay …


Short Notes: Nas Is Like, 40 Years Old Now

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A few notes: Check out my revamped Tumblr, where I share clips of everything I like from around the web. [MathematiquesNoir] These pretty math posters are going up in my classroom sooner than later. [Explore] Comedian Russell Brand talks about his recent scuffle with GQ over what he said about …


Short Notes: Back To School 2013 OMG What Have I Done? Edition

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A few notes: Hannah Nguyen bursts onto the scene with a comment at Michelle Rhee’s Teacher Town Hall last week. Check this out! [InspirEDucation] Richard Rothstein just earned himself a new fan with his dissection of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s assertion that integration should be “voluntary.” [Economic Policy Institute] …

March on Washington, 1963

Short Notes: Of Dreams and Nightmares

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A few notes: The Albert Shanker Institute asked a few of us to create lesson plans around the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I’m proud to have contributed a math-focused one. Check them out. [ShareMyLesson] John Spencer gives us seven thoughts on whether teachers should …

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Short Notes: David Foster Wallace On Hip-Hop?

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A few notes: First, thanks to everyone who liked my Facebook page. Please do give it a “like” when you get a chance. We have awesome discussions and cool co-conspirators. [Facebook] David Foster Wallace had an opinion on hip-hop that I actually found kinda dope. I wouldn’t highlight it otherwise. …

Barack Obama with Bill Russell

Short Notes: Rustin Would Have Snickered At Clinton Onstage

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A few notes: This week, President Obama awarded Bayard Rustin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with notables such as Arturo Sandoval, Loretta Lynn, and Bill Clinton. I’m almost certain Bayard would have rolled his eyes at Bill Clinton, especially with regards to his proliferation of imprisonment. [Huffington Post] Andy …

Mona Eltahawy

Short Notes: With Tears and Cheers

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A few notes: Edutopia highlights five, count em, FIVE books I think you should read. Just go. Read em if you haven’t already. [Edutopia] When discussing the path of citizenship, this is what really matters. Five fifths human. [Los Angeles Times] The New York Times editorial board thinks there should …

Short Notes: What Exactly Is Emancipation?

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A few notes: My latest post at The Collaborateurs talks about my own journey as an alternative certification teacher to where I am now. [CTQ] Phillippe Copeland questions the meaning of Juneteenth, especially when there are more black men incarcerated than were enslaved back then. Just saying. [GOOD] Diane Ravitch’s …