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When a crises hits a learning community

February 3, 2014


I’m rusty from not writing for a while but I keep coming back to a fundamental question: what is a healthy learning community and how can that be created and sustained?  This question is tricky to begin with and despite the healthiest community, every community often faces something that is potentially scary and difficult:  Crises […]

New Job and First Day of School Jitters

September 8, 2013


The first day of school always brings on the jitters, it doesn’t fail; year after year after year.  I love that feeling of a new school year: I loved it as a  student and as a teacher (although truth be told, there was certainly a lot of anxiety as a teacher).  I don’t think I’ve […]

I stand to correct myself on these layoffs

June 19, 2013


I was recently briefly interviewed by our local Public Radio station, WHYY about the layoffs here in Philadelphia.  Specifically, how I felt about them and about the website I have been contributing towards called  The subsequent article is good; you can read it here. The article quotes me a few times and I am embarrassed at my […]

I’ve been laid off – my first steps and thoughts

June 8, 2013


I’ve been fired – (once) I’ve quit (several times) I’ve never been given a lay off notice… until now. The School District of Philadelphia notified me through the mail that my employment with them has been suspended – in essence, I’ve been laid off. So, I’m sharing this with you all because I feel overwhelmed by […]

Northeast students show solidarity during proposed school closings

December 22, 2012


Tears sprung into my eyes and the hairs on the back of my neck prickled last Saturday’s as students and teachers from University City Highschool eloquently asked the superintendant of the Philadelphia School District why he was closing their school down.  Over 2 weeks ago the district announced a plan to close 37 schools, displacing […]

Life after a hallway fight

November 8, 2012


A fight broke out between two girls right outside my first period’s classroom door.  I broke it up.  There are so many things that stand out about my day today: Keeping everyone safe – the students in the room, the students in the hall, the girls fighting, my student teacher. Stopping the fight and not […]

From Clinton into the Classroom

September 6, 2012


I had a lot of fun watching and listening to Bill Clinton’s speech at the DNC2012 tonight and although exhausted from last minute writing of my African American History Syllabus there were three notions that struck me about his speech that I think might be useful to bring into my classroom: Our country runs best on […]