I Remember When … (School Edition)

Today, after class, I saw one of my girls from my school. She’s the one that gave me the “Man of the Year” award, which I more than appreciated. We had a nice long conversation …

Teacher By Day, Everything Else By Night

A common misconception amongst those that have had a math teacher is that they have no lives or aspirations outside of the classroom. Their second bias is that we know nothing about any other subject …

New Words

My first day in my middle school literacy course has already made me reflect a little bit. We were discussing what it means to read. At first, it was hard for these grad students to …

16 Things I Learned This School Year

For my academic end-of-the-year post, I’d like to end with a little self-reflection. For any teacher (or any person in academia), reflection is the most important part of one’s growth, if that’s what the person …

The Full Circle

I love existential titles; don’t you? Well two days ago, I completed my greatest public speaking gig I’ve ever had. I spoke for the NYC Teaching Fellows in front of 2000 or so people, most …

The Rookie Sensation

I was riding the train with a rookie teacher who, despite her numerous issues with authorities and her own personal business, has done very well, and seems to be growing into a good teacher. After …

The Breaking Point

Today, I found out that, allegedly, a teacher physically assaulted a few students in his classroom. Just hearing that ring off my ear made me jump out of my Rockwells. What the hell just happened …

Sons and Daughters

On Wednesday, during the afternoon homeroom period, a couple of my boys were walking with girls’ shoes in their hands. I didn’t understand why until I saw one of my girls walking into my classroom …

Before I Get On My Jet Plane …

I’m going to Detroit, and of course, I’ll post pictures when I come back from my excursion. Some food for thought, though: Over the last week, I’ve been grading math state exams for the region …

Redefinition

Today, I could start off with an anecdote about a kid whose own inner complexities make her sensitive and bossy, sweet yet callous enough to steal and discard without remorse, mature on one end of …

How Much I Make? A Difference

This morning, after waking up from a much-needed hangover-induced nap, I decided to make my rounds on the Internets. I got to AM’s blog and came upon one post in particular that I loved. It …

Generation Degeneration

I don’t often post about my job, mainly because I don’t need to hear the feedback about my posts through administrators or, for shame, my own students. However, a pressing matter that concerns me (and …

Actions Affirmative

One of the teachers in my school said this in his ever-so-Dominican Spanish: “What some of these kids need is another option besides the regular schooling system. Not every kid can be an engineer, a …