Know Your Teacher Worth

I have an absolutely amazing older son. When my ex-husband left, Eli was there to help pick up the pieces. When I had my emotional collapse, again Eli came to the hospital everyday and even now continues to keep a close eye on me. He and I are never far from one another, with healthy [...]

“I Wrote You a Sonnet, Instead” at the Intersection of Hip-Hop and Tragedy

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gift to high school social studies teachers is Hamilton, his Pulitzer and Tony award winning play.  Using musical theatre, he rescued history from the mind-numbing facts listed in textbooks and gave students an alternative narrative, a hip-hop lens to view the tumult of America’s creation. His gift to English teachers came on Sunday, June 12, during the Tony [...]

CONVERSATIONS WITH CRAIG: How Teaching With a Friend Makes Me A Better Teacher

Almost every morning of my life, I have a conversation with one of my best friends in the world. His name is Craig. Our conversations wander. I never really know what our serpentine dialectics will yield. But there is one thing I know for sure: these conversations over the past five years have made me [...]

Thoughts on Grading Part 1: To Give or Not to Give a Zero

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a district meeting and we discussed grading, which is a sensitive subject. While we all grade differently, teach different ways, and teach different grade levels (6th-12th), there is one element we all agree on- secondary students are not turning assignments in when they are due. I cannot [...]

Math Teachers: Thinking Outside the Algorithm

  Middle School math can be frustrating and challenging, especially when the teacher feels that in addition to reaching their own learning milestones, they must backfill the deficits students have when they enter the classroom.  As an educator I have always believed that part of my job was to take my students as far as [...]