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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

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What Teachers Can Do After Charlottesville: A Message from HTF Assistant Director Dr. Steve Mahoney

This message was initially sent from Dr. Steve Mahoney, Assistant Director of the Harvard Teacher Fellows, to Cohort 1 + 2 Fellows in the aftermath of the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. It’s reprinted here with his permission. Dear friends and colleagues, What happened in Charlottesville last weekend is awful, shameful, and … Continue reading