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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

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

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

Three Sharings
Denver / In the Classroom / Social Justice / Teaching Residency / Uncategorized

Three Sharings

On Starting Class As each student enters the classroom, vibrations fluctuate. Space morphs, energies move, settle, clash, reverberate. Sounds erupt then disappear. Sensations and expectations circulate unevenly across the roomscape, populated by bodies bearing histories life-long and hours-fresh. Perhaps the Launch goes well, perhaps chaotic and undone. A student cries quietly in the front row … 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