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Bad Hair Day

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:00:50 +0000

It’s winter time. It’s cold — okay, not for anyone outside California and Florida, but still — I’m wearing hats in the morning. Lovely knitted hats that I’ve made. This results in a lot of “bad hair days”. I keep a comb, but my follicles, they want to be free! The other day it came […]

Some thoughts on the Internment of the Japanese

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:00:41 +0000

One of the first dates I had with my husband, was a trip to see Min Yasui, one of the plaintiffs in a suit related to the Korematsu case trying to fight the internment of the Japanese by the U.S. government during World War II. I was young, maybe still 18 at the time. I […]

On the upcoming election of the first woman president…

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 04:12:54 +0000

In many ways this has been a disheartening election. To see people make excuses for a candidate bragging about sexual assault (which was followed up by victims saying, “Yes he did.”) well, that’s almost sadder than the assault in the first instance. And all the racism, and xenophobia that preceded it was just as ugly. […]

The price black students pay…

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:07:22 +0000

Right before school started, edublogger Jersey Jazzman, posted a video of a lesson being taught from Success Academy meant to be used for teacher training. The response from his readers was scathing, as it involved a couple of typical methods of teaching favored by no-excuses charters (but loathed by child-centered educators). The video is no […]

Classroom Update #6

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 19:07:19 +0000

As you know I blog about politics because my attitude is that you can ignore politics as a teacher, but that does not mean politics will ignore you. In the classroom, I try to use culturally relevant materials and to approach lessons from that point of view. Normally, teaching fifth grade in an “open” presidential […]

Keep your eye on the prize…

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:35:08 +0000

Recently, the Oscars have been getting a lot of attention for, well I’ll let this NY Post cover explain it…   I quit watching the Oscars around age 12, because I’m not much of a movie goer. My list of never seens include (but are not limited to) Titanic, Avatar, E.T., Gremlins, and Back to the […]

Classroom Update #5: Have you read a good book lately?

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 14:46:53 +0000

Howdy, long time, no write. I apologize, but life has been happening and that leads to less writing. Can you tell I’ve been teaching cause and effect lately? I’m doing Colonial American history with the class, and that will be the topic of this post. We had read a novel, Blood on the River, earlier in […]

Classroom Update #4 for 2015

Sun, 13 Dec 2015 19:57:32 +0000

One of the ideas that the ELA curriculum wanted students to get in this first unit was, how author background affects their work. I did like the particular piece they chose for this, Langston Hughes’ Theme for English B. It was a work that I was not familiar with, but it works well with upper […]

Bang, bang…

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 15:54:36 +0000

Due to the season and  a number of events in my personal life, I’m not in a happy place. Recent events have not made things better. For a couple of reasons the most recent shooting in San Bernardino hits close to home. It took place at a Regional Center, which is how services for the […]