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In the Classroom / Oakland / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Defining a (Better) Question for Year One in the Classroom

The first day of school, well over a month ago, already feels like a very distant memory, like seeing the mountains covered in a hazy mist while driving to school here on foggy Bay Area mornings. Over the past few weeks, there have been many moments when it feels like I’m stuck on a hamster … Continue reading

Fostering Moments of Courage in the Classroom
In the Classroom / Oakland / Uncategorized

Fostering Moments of Courage in the Classroom

As I eagerly prepared for my first day of teaching 12th grade Government and Economics at Oakland High School just a few months ago, I was intensely excited and nervous about what was to come. One of the greatest unknowns was how I could build positive and lasting connections with my students. How would students … Continue reading

Breathing the Same Air
New York City / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Breathing the Same Air

About a month ago, I moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Washington Heights (NYC) to start as a new Writing and Composition Teacher at WHEELS Academy. While teaching is certainly the hardest job I’ve ever had, the toughest part about this move was figuring out my living situation. New York’s rental market is notoriously dreadful. The … Continue reading

Three Things No One Told Me That I Think the World Should Know
Oakland / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Three Things No One Told Me That I Think the World Should Know

First things first, the Bay Area is not warm. Yes, I know, it’s California. That’s supposed to be a warm place, right? Yet, I have worn a sweater or jacket every single day I’ve been here. Second “Professional Development” Two hours every Wednesday after school to keep me growing and in touch with the broader … Continue reading

There and Back Again: A Teacher’s Tale
Denver / In the Classroom / Social Justice / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

There and Back Again: A Teacher’s Tale

I always said that if I were to give a graduation speech it would be called “There and Back Again,” a title inspired J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Although it’s unclear whether this would make a good graduation speech title, these words seem particularly fitting as I pack up my belongings in Denver and prepare to … Continue reading

Representation Matters
Cambridge / In the Classroom / Social Justice / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Representation Matters

How does one make math “culturally relevant” when STEM fields were not created for black and brown communities? I’ve struggled all year to make pre-calculus concepts appear germane to my students of color. I can count on one hand the number of times in which I have experienced success in doing so. Nonetheless, my favorite … Continue reading