Teacher: Class I have found an area where we can be more successful. Students (continue low chatter aka no one cares) Teachers: Ladies and gentlemen, listen up. Today is about one word…revision. [Students stare back blankly; one considers asking to go to the bathroom.] Teacher: That’s right! I said it! Revision! Listen to this. Revision … More Re:Vision
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!
Last week a work friend informed me that the Concert of Valor was to happen in DC for free. Then said, we should skip school and go. We laughed and dreamed. After our long faculty meeting, I drove home and she went there. On her way texted me to DVR the concert. That night after … More Teaching as a Performing Art
1. If a student goes to your desk and picks up tape or a stapler without asking you like it’s his desk and not your personal space, 2. If an administrator cancels a professional development the day before and it was scheduled on a day before a holiday, 3. If a co-teacher busts into your … More If, Then
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