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The Power of Poetry
HTF Alumni / In the Classroom / New York City / Social Justice / Uncategorized

The Power of Poetry

My first year at Harlem Academy was also my first year with the Visiting Poets Program—a long-standing collaboration between our family here at Harlem Academy and the Poetry Society of America.  Over four weeks, our visiting poets—Ama Codjoe, Tyehimba Jess, and Henry Mills—worked intimately with our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes respectively, coming in … Continue reading

Thank You to the Past, Looking from the Future
Cohort Community / Dallas / In the Classroom / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Thank You to the Past, Looking from the Future

When I was in elementary school, the white-haired old lady next door used to get my brother and I off the school bus. While we bounced and chattered, she would guide us down her walkway and onto her screened in porch. For a few hours a day we would sit with her, eat her snacks, … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Harvard Teacher Fellow
Coursework / New York City / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

A Day in the Life of a Harvard Teacher Fellow

When I graduated from college, I had no idea what the “real world” looked like, much less what it actually meant to teach a partial course-load while also taking Master’s classes as part of HTF. What do teachers actually do with their prep periods? How late do most teachers stay after school? How early do … Continue reading

Interpreting the Writing Gods
In the Classroom / Social Justice / Summer @ HTF / Uncategorized

Interpreting the Writing Gods

Summer 1 Take-Aways from Gianna Cacciatore, a Cohort 2 English Fellow. Romano says, “A writer cooks.” But does a writer do laundry too? Do she throw away her Tupperware after long days, because the sink is full of dishes and the sponges smell like mold, and her apartment didn’t come with a dishwasher? Does a … Continue reading

Questions You May Face as a First-Year Teacher
In the Classroom / Oakland / Social Justice / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Questions You May Face as a First-Year Teacher

In my home state of Maine, someone who did not grow up in the state is labeled “from away.” I spent every year of my life in Maine until college so I never felt from away. Even when I got to college, while Harvard was dramatically different from where I grew up, I was still … Continue reading

Looking Back While Pushing Forward
Cambridge / In the Classroom / Social Justice / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Looking Back While Pushing Forward

The first quarter of the school year has just ended, and with it a unit on American government. My students read the preamble of the Constitution, which begins with the now famous initial phrase “we the people” and proceeds to lay forth the blueprints for a democratic republic, theoretically founded on equality. I tell my … Continue reading

The Search for Progress
In the Classroom / New York City / Social Justice / Teaching Residency

The Search for Progress

I have always relied on the promise of progress and improvement to stay positive. I don’t consider myself a Type-A perfectionist, but I have always loved seeing a perfect kind of growth and potential in my endeavors. I like it when my learning curve is chartable, linear, and understandable – like that time I ripped … Continue reading