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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Impostor Syndrome that received lots of great comments and feedback (yes – I read every comment and really do think about what you all have to say). You asked solid questions and nudged me in just the right ways. Thank you all. I wanted to revisit this…

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Mar 19 2014

The World is Yours

Hey Teachforus – I’m starting a critical hip-hop pedagogy reading group. I’m really interested in engaging teachers, former teahcers and soon-to-be teachers. Everything I do is fun fun fun, so if you’re in the Bay Area and even a little interested, please be so kind as to fill out this google doc (it’ll take you…

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Mar 17 2014

Keeping Important Pinky Promises?

On the subway yesterday, I saw this advertisement for KIPP: The claim is that “Our K-12 public schools promise to see each child to and through college.” One problem with this claim is that even in the most generous study possible, KIPP’s own, only a third of students who completed KIPPs middle schools eventually graduated…

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Mar 16 2014

Starting Spring

I’m having a hard time doing most things. Instead of facing all the work I have for ATC, or planning for the mere two weeks I have before our state test arrives, or running the nine miles I had slated for today, or anything else that I know I should and could be doing… I…

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Mar 13 2014

The Alumni Survey…

At a dinner a couple of weekends ago with other alums, we got on the topic of the alumni survey. This was perhaps not by chance, as one of my dinner companions was on the alumni team here in Philly. We shared our concerns with one question in particular, the “How likely are you to…

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Mar 13 2014

death hits home.

A student at my school passed away last night. It was unexpected – a tragic accident, horrendous in that other children saw it and tried to save his life – and yet it happened, and the dawn broke, and the sun rose and we all went to school. The day itself was agonizing. My students…

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Mar 13 2014

Where I prepare for Certification Tests

I am going to be taking my certification tests coming up here in four days.  In Chicago, the special education cohort has two exams to take.  One covering special education techniques and philosophies and the other exam is about general education knowledge of the four core content areas (English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and…

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Mar 10 2014

Spring Break!

I haven’t written here in almost a month and I think that’s a testament to what’s been going on in my life. All in all, things are wild. Coaching soccer, grad school, preparing to say my goodbyes (to this city, these people, this school), training for the OKC marathon… things have been crazy and I’ve…

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Mar 10 2014

Disbelief

What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are. Sitting in the immaculate Jacksonville Lighthouse cafeteria, I flipped through the tiny notebook I had brought with me for notes, the cover…

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Mar 05 2014

Breaking the Silence around Sexual Harassment/Abuse

A male student calls another female student “fat” in the hallway between classes. A rumor is spread about incriminating pictures of a classmate sweeping through school through Instagram. A male student calls his teacher “sweetheart.” A staff member squeezes the shoulder of a colleague in the hallway. This weekend, I reconnected with my passion: advocating…

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