Monthly Archives: August 2012

before the beginning

I loved teaching 10th and 11th graders because they knew how to be high schoolers, unlike 9th graders who had to be taught how to be a high schooler in addition to the content. And 12th graders were half way … Continue reading

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is she any good?

A week before I would begin teaching my first class and four weeks of excrutiating scrutiny my boss came to share a story. He was walking across the yard when one of the offenders called out to him, “Yo, Mr. … Continue reading

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sounds of a prison

On the odd occaisions that I thought about prison, I would hear the sounds of Hollywood–harsh heavy metal sounds, cups banged against cell bars, hollering, the rhythmic sounds of gym machines, even the shuffle of ball and chain against stone … Continue reading

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My New Name

The first time I was called, “Miss” was on the first day of my second year of teaching. A fascinating young man slouched into the front seat I had indiscriminately assigned him hours before. It was different, it wasn’t my … Continue reading

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Fraud

The day before I left for maternity leave seven weeks ago, my boss looking overburdened from the recent politics at work and the news from the doctors at home, thrust a paper in front of me. “Did you see this? … Continue reading

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