Latest posts from Bay Area

May 23 2011

Beautiful Surprise

by India Arie Color me surprised (and pardon the bad pun!). People seem to love when I write about race – that or they really hate it. I got about 3 times more hits than my average for my comments on racism. Interesting – I’m not really sure how I feel about that. I definitely…

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May 23 2011

99 Problems

by Jay-Z I got 99 problems but A PLACEMENT AIN’T ONE! I have a placement at a wonderful elementary school and I adore the school. I’m gonna share all the details when I actually know what grade level I’m teaching (not knowing what grade level I’m teaching is KILLING me, I want to unit plan…

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May 20 2011

The Show Goes On (Part 1)

by Lupe Fiasco I think it’s pretty funny, in the grand scheme of things – that I called out someone on their racism on this site and got heat for it, when, about an hour earlier, the individual in question called herself racist (or more accurately, guilty of what she called ‘discrete racism’). How maintaining-of-the-power-structure…

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May 19 2011

This is why I’m hot

by Mims I’m so PISSED right now. I need to remind myself that there are amazing, inspiring, down CMs who are DOING WORK every single day. For now it’s a little eclipsed by open racism by CMs (who for whatever reason love to talk about their racism on this very website). In fact, a CM…

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May 18 2011

We are not the same…

…I am a martian (‘Phone Home’ by weezy). I came to a (sad) realization today. I ordered a bunch of clothes from Macys. I’m obsessed with bright colors (OBSESSED). I did somehow convince myself to order 4 items of clothing in basic black or beige. I got them today and tried on the boring professional…

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May 18 2011

(Another Song) All Over Again

by Justin Timberlake. It seems I’ll do any teaching preparation work EXCEPT the TFA pre-institute work. I think it’s really boring and not practical in the way that Teach Like a Champion is. Also – there is very little evidence in Teaching as Leadership, and I thrive off of evidence. Anyway – it’s gonna get…

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May 16 2011

Blue Dress

By Depeche Mode. Teaching is what I was born to do. I know I will have epic (EPIC) failures. I know I will cry, I’ll know I’ll feel like I’m not good enough for my students. I know there will be days when I’ll feel like I have no idea what I’m doing – but…

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May 13 2011

let me love you

by brian mcknight teaching is hard work, no doubt about that. but it’s also really awesome and really funny (and i wish it was more common to share the joys than the pain – catharsis is important, but so are laughter and celebration). today i taught a 2nd grade classroom. they were amazing of course.…

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May 12 2011

swagger like us

by MIA i love watching my teach like a champion dvd. the teachers are so boss – it’s totally inspiring. teachers – if you really think about it – have to have presence and the ability to own a space. teachers have to deliver instruction, monitor work, student focus and manage behavior. it takes someone…

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May 06 2011

don’t you remember

by Adele US American catharsis is weird. Whatever – I think Lupe Fiasco speaks truth when he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the OBL assassination:¬†”Now kill poverty, wack schools, and US imperialism‚Ķ” For once, no analysis, no pontification – imma just leave it at that and move on to fighting some battles that are…

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