Category Archives: Teaching & Learning

Writing in 2020– Weight or Fuel?

At every moment of suffocation since this started, it’s been art received and art made–words and music–that has saved me. Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Bad Guys Win– What you can do:

Dear Parents of Adams 12 Students and Friends of Adams 12 Teachers, Our district has chosen not to abide by the contract that the teachers agreed to in good faith. Imagine if your mortgage company suddenly decided it needed some extra cash, … Continue reading

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Love That Durty Water

No, Boston’s not my home, but it wasn’t Ed Cobb’s either, and he wrote the song. Two years ago I spent a fairly epic six hours in the city. From the wharf jumping Merrow men, to the Denver hatin’ Cincinnati prison … Continue reading

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Nice Niche Part 2: Exquisite Privilege

As a teacher, I feel like I’m a contestant on  the Race To Mediocrity, a reality show where out-of-context assessment has become a reward challenge and failing to follow the go-along-to-get-along mandate might get me voted off the island. Until that … Continue reading

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National Sanity Project

Everyone pays lip-service to the fact that  teaching is difficult, but let’s leave that for a while and talk about what’s easy. It’s easy to make decisions. Easy to write  policy. For instance, my school was “awarded” some of the … Continue reading

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How was San Francisco/San Mateo?

Sunday Night: Cities are, as far as I’m concerned, their music. I don’t want cheap plastic souvenirs, t-shirts, or coffee cups emblazoned with local landmarks. I desire sense memories: Jameson on my palate, my body twisting and moving in time to … Continue reading

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Contact Your Senators: No on Coburn

The email I just sent to Senator Bennett: Dear Senator, As former head of Denver Public Schools, it is my hope that you do not need me to urge you to vote no on the Coburn Amendment which would gut … Continue reading

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Re Form: Why Libraries are the Future of School.

Recently, a  friend said, “Don’t you have to be crazy to be a high school teacher?” The answer I wanted to give was  more reflective than the context allowed,  but here’s what I would have said: Yes. You have to be … Continue reading

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Fire Starting

I have not been to the National Writing Project’s Annual Meeting.  I usually save my travel time and dollars for the NWP’s Urban Sites conference (Boston this year!). However, longing keeps accosting me. Mostly because I follow people on Twitter … Continue reading

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Looking for It: Part Two

I used to say I don’t blog because if I did, I’d never have time to write. In my writing life, I see myself as a novelist, and I have to fight to fit that role into the confines of … Continue reading

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