• Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

    lenten journal: what’s new?

    by  • March 7, 2012 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    Twice, today, I got to feel like a teacher. My school is understaffed, which means I teach a couple of courses out of my area. OK, out of the six classes I teach (out of six periods of the day), four of them are not English. My schedule, this term, looks like this: Period...

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    advent journal: public instruction

    by  • December 1, 2011 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    public instruction as I drove yesterday to theDepartment of Public InstructionI imagined a building filled with finger-pointing people telling other people what to do and how to do itI was going to be toldwhat I needed to do to getmy state teacher’s licensethe security guard instructedme to take the first leftthe man in the...

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    lenten journal: report card

    by  • March 24, 2011 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I feel least like a teacher when I turn in the grades and distill the interactions with my students to one single letter plus or minus after weeks of asking them tomake their offerings take their chancesall too quickly all that matters isone letter to somehow sum it up to go on their permanent...

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    stop, look, and listen

    by  • October 1, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    I went to a workshop this afternoon at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke because I’m taking my kids there in a couple of weeks to see the exhibit called “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.” I have to say I was surprised at how many different ways vinyl records could be made...

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    capitulating to can’t

    by  • August 31, 2010 • Uncategorized • 4 Comments

    During the middle of my junior year in high school, my family moved to Houston, Texas and I became a student at Westbury High School. I knew no one in the building and began as a new student in January. It was the worst transition of any of the several transitions I made from...

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    lenten journal: not normal

    by  • March 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 1 Comment

    I started teaching at my new school just a couple of weeks before the end of the grading term, which means I needed books we could read fairly quickly. I’m also teaching eighth graders for the first time, and adjusting to younger students. When I found The Jungle Book in the supply room, I...

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    lenten journal: the next chapter

    by  • March 16, 2010 • Uncategorized • 8 Comments

    I gave my notice to my chef who hired me for both the Duke and Durham restaurants. Though my exit will be somewhat gradual over the next five or six weeks, I am leaving my job as a professional chef to return to teaching, and specifically teaching English in a small private school made...

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    lost another one

    by  • January 28, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    It’s been close to ten years since I taught high school English, and yet this week I’ve had two occasions to go back to the Reading List and two occasions to mention Robert Burns. Three nights ago, I wrote about Of Mice and Men, thanks to Burns’ Night. Now, just three nights later, I...

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