Why Teachers in Chicago May Strike…

6500+ Teachers at at Rally in May of 2012 Teachers are not going on strike because we want to, we are going on strike because we have to.  Any teacher can tell you his or her favorite place is inside the classroom with a room full of students. However the sacred process of learning is…

Project Life Week 4

I’m really sad because I broke my digital camera a couple of days ago. The good news is that I have a warranty so it won’t cost anything, the bad news is that they will have my camera for the next 2 -4 weeks! So you guys are going to have to bear with my…

First Lady’s $86 Dress!

Today is my first day back at work without the students and I’m thinking about what I’m going to wear. One of my style icons is Michelle Obama. I love First Lady Michelle Obama because she wears $86 dresses! Sara Jessica Parker once said “Fashion is not a luxury,” and I couldn’t agree more. True…

The Slave Revolt You’ve Never Heard Of

We’ve all heard of Nat Turner, Gabriel Prosser and Denmark Vessey. All of these men lead slave revolts in North America. Until watching a PBS Special called “Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny” I had never heard of Meermin rebellion. The Meermin was a Dutch slave ship carrying slaves from Madagascar in 1766. Eventually…

Planning…

While most people get jealous when I tell them I’m a teacher because of my “summer’s off” what they don’t know is that I’m never off. I spend the summer writing lesson plans, picking new texts (I never teach the same exact texts every year, I always switch one or two out), and writing syllabi…

Summer Manifesto!

In about 2 1/2 hours I will be off for the next 12 weeks! I’m celebrating with my Summer Manifesto (a list of things I plan to do/accomplish over the summer). For those who can’t view the image here is the list (not necessarily in order of priority). Finish Campaign Scrapbook Finish Mom’s Scrapbook Finish…

New Blog For Teachers…

I spend a great deal of my time as a public intellectual, a performer, a curriculum specialist. For most of my day, I put on five shows a day (25 shows a week). Teaching is the hardest job you’ll ever love that comes with increasing responsibilities every day. It has been recorded that teachers have…

The Big Secret!!!!

This is what they don’t tell you about teaching in college. Especially as a High School English Teacher. Thank God this is a light load of only 35 papers (I have 140 students total!). My Juniors completed their big research project (which included creating a Google Site) along with the traditional research paper. I’ll post…

Getting Organized… Work Edition

Last week I wrote about developing routines at home. This year I’m starting out the school year more organized than ever and after years of experience I’m hoping that my new system will (A) help me save time by not having to search for misplaced things (B) help me become more efficient. This is my…

A New School Year…

So tomorrow starts the official beginning of a new school year for me! This will be my 7th year in the classroom and it feels good! At times the new school year feels like a beacon of light – 130 new students & families to get to know & a fresh way of approaching curriculum…

First Week & Greek Mythology? Check!

For Teacher’s Only (FTO): I spent much of the day working on Curriculum for 9th Grade English. As discussed earlier, I wanted to use Understanding by Design to create all of my unit plans this year. So for the first week of school I plan to: (a) Distribute the Syllabus (b) Have students create bio…

Checking In…

FOR TEACHERS ONLY… (This is a transcript of a conversation that I’m having with myself as I begin planning my 2010-2011 School Year). Woke up this morning and decided, it’s time to check in (as a teacher that is). Teachers in my district don’t start until the last week of August, and students begin on…