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May 20 2011

The Show Goes On (Part 1)

by Lupe Fiasco I think it’s pretty funny, in the grand scheme of things – that I called out someone on their racism on this site and got heat for it, when, about an hour earlier, the individual in question called herself racist (or more accurately, guilty of what she called ‘discrete racism’). How maintaining-of-the-power-structure…

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May 19 2011

This is why I’m hot

by Mims I’m so PISSED right now. I need to remind myself that there are amazing, inspiring, down CMs who are DOING WORK every single day. For now it’s a little eclipsed by open racism by CMs (who for whatever reason love to talk about their racism on this very website). In fact, a CM…

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May 18 2011

We are not the same…

…I am a martian (‘Phone Home’ by weezy). I came to a (sad) realization today. I ordered a bunch of clothes from Macys. I’m obsessed with bright colors (OBSESSED). I did somehow convince myself to order 4 items of clothing in basic black or beige. I got them today and tried on the boring professional…

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May 18 2011

(Another Song) All Over Again

by Justin Timberlake. It seems I’ll do any teaching preparation work EXCEPT the TFA pre-institute work. I think it’s really boring and not practical in the way that Teach Like a Champion is. Also – there is very little evidence in Teaching as Leadership, and I thrive off of evidence. Anyway – it’s gonna get…

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May 16 2011

Blue Dress

By Depeche Mode. Teaching is what I was born to do. I know I will have epic (EPIC) failures. I know I will cry, I’ll know I’ll feel like I’m not good enough for my students. I know there will be days when I’ll feel like I have no idea what I’m doing – but…

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May 13 2011

let me love you

by brian mcknight teaching is hard work, no doubt about that. but it’s also really awesome and really funny (and i wish it was more common to share the joys than the pain – catharsis is important, but so are laughter and celebration). today i taught a 2nd grade classroom. they were amazing of course.…

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May 12 2011

swagger like us

by MIA i love watching my teach like a champion dvd. the teachers are so boss – it’s totally inspiring. teachers – if you really think about it – have to have presence and the ability to own a space. teachers have to deliver instruction, monitor work, student focus and manage behavior. it takes someone…

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May 06 2011

don’t you remember

by Adele US American catharsis is weird. Whatever – I think Lupe Fiasco speaks truth when he wrote in the immediate aftermath of the OBL assassination: “Now kill poverty, wack schools, and US imperialism…” For once, no analysis, no pontification – imma just leave it at that and move on to fighting some battles that are…

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Apr 29 2011

every day is a winding road

by Prince. i want to make some quality ece, middle and high school teacher-friends in my district. i want to be have a deep understanding of where my students are going and where they’ve been. more specifically, i want to know from algebra 1 teachers and my personal favorite, geometry teachers, what conceptual understanding students…

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Apr 27 2011

tired of america

by rufus wainwright. i really can’t with you today, america. i just cannot. i’m disgusted with the media for constantly airing stories about obama’s birth certificate and citizenship status. listen american media – there will always be crazies, it’s ridiculous to time and time again elevate their ranting and pretend these ranting are news. unacceptable,…

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i just wanted to take a second to make peace with structured english  immersion, because at the end of the idea, it’s not a bad idea. in fact it works for a lot of students a lot of the time (even the supreme court thinks so). so why isn’t everyone and their mother using sei?…

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Apr 25 2011

i’m so LA

by MYNX After a lengthy break-up with the New York Times, I’ve started a relationship with the LA times and things are going swimmingly. I like the LA times and I really, despite my earlier prejudices, love LA. Me and the LA times spent the morning reading about bilingual education and closing the racial achievement…

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Apr 20 2011

pretty girl rock

by keri hilson among the things i can’t wait for: earning a ph.d in math education. it’s a (hopefully) well known-reality that both women and poc are underrepresented in the study of mathematics. women of color in the field of mathematics deal with intersecting oppressions. the first openly black woman in this country to earn…

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Apr 19 2011

that’s it, I quit, I’m moving on

by Sam Cooke. when you sing the blues – you’re allowed to go out of tune, it’s better if you don’t, but the blues comes with room for error and thus room for creativity. teaching (well) is much like singing the blues. it’s common knowledge what works in both arenas, but still, a small fraction…

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Apr 05 2011

Every Ghetto, Every City

by Lauryn Hill Yay! I passed my 1st California certification test. The CSET multiple subjects wasn’t hard, it just happened to cover everything from Mycenean Greece to Pythagorean Geometry to Learning Disability legislation. No big though – and it’s over: Amen.  Now I’m set to battle with a more formidable foe:  The CSET Bilingual Authorization…

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Apr 05 2011

April 4th, 1968

My soul is heavy today. Marking the anniversary of the death of Dr. King is crucial and painful,  horriffic and important, just and necessary and deeply, deeply personal. Dr. King wasn’t just an ideology, he was a real  person who inspired other people and who, at the end of the day, had faith in the…

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by Lil Wayne My Long Division song will be written to the tune of 6 foot 7 by Weezy. I’m going to force my nieces and nephews to be in the video, so it should be a lovely family affair. As I was working on the lyrics I was thinking about teaching and gimmick-ness and…

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Mar 29 2011

I got it right ‘ey!

by Mateo My late (and wonderful) boyfriend used to always tell me I should be a principal. I swear he could tell the future. Anyway, now that I’m reflecting, he mentioned something about the scarcity of women of color teaching math and how I’d be the perfect person to teach good, solid math and to…

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Mar 24 2011

Long Division

by Death Cab for Cutie Math education in this country is disappointing at best, terrible at worst and in districts that serve primarily brown / black kids, it’s even worse. Racism and classism make it okay for this to happen and for millions of people to go about their daily lives like it doesn’t even matter.…

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Mar 21 2011

What a wonderful world

by Louis Armstrong. So this morning, on my way to work, some lady who felt I cut her off decided to drop the n-bomb on me. Obviously she did it because it was the most offensive thing she could think of to say and she wanted to do as much damage as possible without actually…

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Mar 20 2011

Feelin’ It

by Jay-Z. Nerd alert!: I’ve recently become all about understanding the cognitive processes behind student learning of mathematics. I’ve also discovered that there’s very little research on math learning in elementary grades. I’m so NOT down with this reality because math is not only a really important tool for social justice (because if you understand…

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by Bobby Darin. Google scholar let me down for the first time in a long time. I’m trying to find out (from a developmental psychological / neurological THEN pedagogical perspective) how exactly younger children best learn math and so far I’ve found very little. I want to know how elementary school students LEARN math, rather than how teachers tend…

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Mar 15 2011

Brooklyn We Go Hard

by Jay-Z. Living in Brooklyn really makes any other city pale in comparison – including LA. I grew up and went to  college in Massachusetts then lived everywhere (most major US cities and a few international ones included) - but was most impressed with Brooklyn (I also lived in Manhattan and would pick Brooklyn over the…

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Mar 11 2011

Aventura: Teaching in the DR (prologue)

by Aventura. When I was living in the Dominican Republic – I had the extreme privilege of getting to know the most amazing young men I’ve encountered in my life.  I used to kick it with them on our block shooting the breeze about this, that and the other thing. One day one of these…

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Mar 10 2011

Party in the USA

by Miley (or course). Florida is seriously considering merit pay based on teacher performance. Love it. New York might like to do the same BUT apparently its measurement tools are plagued with myriad troubles – bummer. Integration is intentionally undone in North Carolina – but in a way that leads to academic integration. This is…

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