Category Archives: Teaching

Things Are All Upside Down

Earlier this year, at a potluck dinner, a new acquaintance learned I was a history teacher and did that thing many do – told a story about themselves. Her story was a familiar one: about how “crazy left-wing” her high … Continue reading

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Civil Fine of Their Own

I recently decided to pay less attention to politics and even lesser attention (grammar?) to the politics around education. I teach at a charter school and charter schools make strange bedfellows; liberal teachers with a social justice tilt often funded … Continue reading

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Simple, Convenient and Seemingly Coherent Narrative

Michiko Kakutani provides me with another addition to my nightstand in his review of Jason Stanley’s¬†“How Propaganda Works“. Leaving the Belfer National Conference for Educators years ago I completely re-wrote how I taught “propaganda”, but often felt I missed something … Continue reading

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I’m Gonna Do That

I have an odd feeling there are a lot of thirty- to forty-something middle and high school teachers doubling as rock fans that struggle to reconcile the songs and stories of our guitar-wielding heroes with the advice we give our … Continue reading

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Let The Ice Melt Slowly

Prior to teaching I simply had no idea it was possible to be THAT physically and emotionally tired at 5 PM on a Friday night; even after 7 years practicing law in Manhattan. I love my job and the organization … Continue reading

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“I’d Like to Chime In”

There are many things I love about Doug Lemov’s post Exit Tickets that Encourage Self-reflection. The substance of it is important – I recently added something similar to my APWH Exit Tickets (I think I stole it from some awesome … Continue reading

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Du Bois Fought Back

Ta-Nehisi Coates brought this article on W.E. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction from the African American Intellectual History Society to my attention via Twitter. I wrote about the current “debate” awhile ago, but Guy Emerson Mount ¬†provides a crucial reminder of … Continue reading

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