letter of recommendation to officially leave my professional role

Dear School community, I am writing to recommend Amélie Baker for a longer extension of her time as a writer. Amélie found great fulfillment as a teacher in BPS for ten years. During her time she taught a range of courses, some more successfully than others. She foresees a return to the classroom in the…

When Albert Camus Won the Nobel Prize and Thanked His Teacher

When Albert Camus Won the Nobel Prize and Thanked His Teacher. Some more on Camus 19 November 1957 Dear Monsieur Germain, I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart. I have just been given far too great an honor, one I neither…

Even if you are not involved with public schools, this is still a GREAT infographic and evidence of how grassroots organizing can operate as a teaching tool.

let’s play a game – spot the hypocrisy

Bill Gates makes his fortune on new technologies – both hardware and software. Bill Gates uses a small portion of his gigantic fortune to fund “education reform”. He throws money at every new, shiny idea that comes across his desk – small schools, technology in the classroom, the Common Core, and educating for global competencies….

letter to my teens

When I am here, within these wall, and in conversation with you, I am in the role of a teacher. That role has certain privileges and responsibilities. But I am also a community member of the city of Boston, and know the ins and outs of this place. When meetings like this one happen, it…

politics and schools

Listening to politicians speak about education is a practice in ironic vacancy. It is the easiest topic for practice in shining your own apple. There are few missteps a slick politician can slip on when challenged by questions such as, “do you support arts in the school, and how will you expand the supporter?” I…

the medusa of schools

Schools are a complicated place. We often theorize about the public, public policy, public transportation, public news alert, but most of our time is spent away from the public, in some structured and defined space that we determine the parameters of. When there is an intersection of people, with varying investments, interests, levels of development…

if you have never been a teacher

This year I have an intern teacher in my classroom throughout the year. It is similar to a medical residency, where he shadows me and then begins to take over more and more of the teaching work. I thoroughly enjoy talking about teaching, but the real benefits are more tangible. 1. I can go to…

Letting my weakness’ show is a muscle I flex

this was a short piece I wrote last summer for the “Jumpstart Odyssey” assignment for the Calderwood writing fellowship: The Strength of Weakness   “For Amily to be able to enter into third grade, she must be able to write cursive. Our second graders at the Learning Project have already learned this skill. Amily will fall…

what are we staying so damn healthy for

My maternal grandmother passed away a little less than a year ago, my paternal grandmother is thriving and alive and will be ninety in September. My grandfathers passed during my younger years. Being a history teacher is an oddity, I live in the lives of the past, considering the decisions, changes, impacts, meteors of that…