Every Morning Is An Affirmation

As a boy, I used to say my prayers at night. Nothing and everything triggered these prayers. While a light buzz pretended silence before the eventual gunshot outside, I’d kneel on both knees, hands clasped, …

Bring Me A Higher Love

Pardon me since I haven’t done this in a while, but I’d like to quote a bit of poetry from Steve Winwood: Think about it, there must be higher love Down in the heart or …

A Measure of This Teacher

This is how it had to be. 90° weather permeated a musty classroom, untouched since mid-summer when custodians and school aides moved furniture away then into the center to wax the floors. My old room’s …

And All Of A Sudden, I’m So Good At Math

The school day before the math state exam, we went over any number of topics: linear relationships, scientific notation, the slope-intercept form of a linear equation. In each instance, I had a few sample problems …

My Students Are Already Twice As Good [Medium]

On this Independence Day, I’ve been thinking about the nexus of “dreams” and “ideals” in the context of this epicenter we call America. Our classrooms teach us as much about America as the flag-waving, anthem-singing …