You know what? I’m tired of people thinking that racism in the workplace isn’t actually a problem unless someone burns a cross on someone’s desk or yells, “Hey, nigger!” Honestly. The signs of bigotry don’t have to be that obvious in order to be harmful. When it comes to claims of racism and believability, writing… Continue reading Sorry? Not sorry.
Note: This is a piece on a sensitive aspect of my teaching career. Although currently I live in an area that’s predominantly monocultural, I’ve worked for a school board that has a very diverse population. It was at the top of my mind when I began writing. It took time for me to fall for… Continue reading The Trouble with Teaching
Still. In spite of everything. In spite of being an overly-sensitive dreamer. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve worked for my local school board. In that time I swore I was done with working in education for good. If only I’d known that this week my Little Demon Chickens would have come home… Continue reading So I Think I Can Teach.
Well, guys. I still want to work in education. I’ll tell you about that another time. Long story short–yesterday I had one hell of an epiphany about my career. Last night I went and shopped my basement for teaching books. Thank God I didn’t burn them like I’d once planned. I found most of them.… Continue reading Books: See Me After Class
This is one of those random stories I was talking about… I was about 34 and in his office. He, on the other hand, couldn’t have been more than 27. This wasn’t the only time this would happen to me. Chastized, scolded, treated as an underling, when in fact, I was someone’s elder. To what… Continue reading Schooled.
Be careful. I’ve wanted to share my thoughts about teaching for a while. In the middle of the last decade I graduated from teachers’ college. Since then I’ve spent a great deal of time as a substitute teacher. However, I’ve also had glimpses into the world of full-time teaching. I believe I’ve had enough experience… Continue reading So you want to be a teacher?
School’s out. So I can talk about it, no? The following is a creative non-fiction piece. It contains some solid memories melded with echoes of shenanigans that I’ve witnessed over the years. Enjoy!! Source Dear Readers, lend me your ears and your sympathy. I work as a substitute teacher. When I first started, all I… Continue reading Elementary, Dear Claire.
The other day I had the chance to sit in on some great conversations about television. One concept that was brought up was the magic that happens when a show “gets it”. That’s when a program is able to connect to its audience by offering a realistic portrayal of its audience’s life. Currently, I work… Continue reading Mr. D and The Day Job
You know what? I warn kids about using Wikipedia as a reference when they’re working on projects. But I do it all the time when I blog. It’s official. I’m one of those “Do as I say, not as I do” adults.
Today I sat in on a class of Grade 9s. They were hyper, but lovely. Check out the response after I tried to tell a student that something he’d said was false… Student A: That’s not a lie, that’s a fib. Me: Actually, they’re both together, under [gesturing] a big umbrella called Dishonesty. Student B:… Continue reading Kids these days…