Today I gave my students a test. Today I was told to give my students a test. One that was not worthy of them. One that is not worthy of me. Not heeding the loud cries of a professional teacher, they told me: you must for us, for us, for us. I am not here … More Today
Student 1: “Ms. C, can I stay after with you; I failed a test and need to bring my grade up.” Me: It’s Monday. I stay after on Wednesdays. I ain’t got time for that. Student 2: “Ms. C When will we get our grades for our essays.” (That were turned in yesterday!) Me: I … More I Ain’t Got Time for That!
This year two of my friends are leaving the classroom. One just left last week. The other is considering it. Every time a colleague near or far considers leaving, it automatically shifts me into wondering about leaving myself. A truth about teachers in general: anytime one more policy trickles down and demoralizes or devalues our … More Hyperboles & Sentiments
Saying goodbye to summer and hello to the another school year can be sharp. Each Labor Day weekend I over plan because I don’t want to let go. I don’t want to see my freedom dissolve. So I go out to dinner, plan a date night, plan a pool date, plan a lunch out and … More My Lunar Phases
This past week I slammed my little 7th grade students with several back-to-back assessments. I watched helplessly forging forward as their anxiety levels grew each day in fear of their grade being impacted by these assessments. Last night it finally it me: I was pushing them to work way harder than I have before. I … More What’s in a Grade Anyway?