72 days not a teacher…

The teaching staff was told by the school’s IT professionals to check their laptop passwords. If the password expiration date was past 72 days, we were good to go, if not, they would need to reset our passwords so that they would not expire over the summer. I have never broken down the number of... Continue Reading →

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I don’t want to march for…anything.

So, I am going to Disney World. I don’t want to march for the survival of public education. I don’t want to march against an unqualified U.S. Secretary of Education. I don’t want to march for the right of teachers to unionize and collectively bargain in every state of our great union. I don’t want to... Continue Reading →

Summer Break – the Least Understood and Most Maligned Aspect of a Teacher’s Life

“Here’s how it goes: I’ve been a student, therefore I can be a teacher.

Imagine if we applied that logic elsewhere. I’ve been sick, therefore I can be a doctor. I’ve been to court, therefore I can be my own lawyer. I can turn on a light, therefore I can run the electric company.”

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It’s inevitable.

Once the weather gets warm and school lets out, it’s no longer safe for teachers to be out in public.

You’ve got to stay indoors, get off the Internet, hide the cell phone – do whatever you can to stay away from non-educators.

Because if, like me, you happen to be out and about – let’s say standing in line at your favorite neighborhood burger joint waiting for a juicy slab of ground beef to stop sizzling on the grill – you’re bound to hear the kind of willful ignorance that sets a teacher’s nerves permanently on edge.

Imagine just two normal people – they seem nice enough – standing in line having a friendly conversation. It’s hot outside, so you might hear the usual topics discussed: the weather, the best place to buy ice cream, which public pool has the best prices – that an oh I…

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“So, You Think You Can Teach?”

An annual challenge to my senior-level A.P. European History students. NYSUT cover, May 2017 “What will we do after the test?” “Yeah, what do we do after we are done, Mrs. Brown?”  Ah! The perennial question: what meaningful task can I give a group of hardworking seniors who have finished their Advanced Placement European History requirements, but... Continue Reading →

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