October 2008 Archives

I’ve been invited to give the talk of my life in eighteen minutes to a group of 36 teacher researchers at Annandale Terrace Elementary School on the topic of teachers writing for publication. Serving grades PK-5, Annandale Terrace is a Title I school with 675 kids. 85% are English language learners and over 50% are eligible for free or reduced lunch. In some ways, this is the opposite school from where I teach now. So why me? It’s Josie’s fault. (Loyal readers will recall that I taught a class for George Mason a couple summers ago to ...

I thought teaching only two English classes a day would give me more time, but somehow I feel twice as busy as when I taught a full load. Here are a few things that keep stealing my attention away from the partially graded stack of mock application essays on my desk. International Day Rehearsal 103 flags in a row, and a kid to go with each one (in most cases, one tall enough to hold the flag unfurled so it doesn’t brush the floor). Then a cadenced march across the gym floor to stand in orderly rows spilling off ...

This morning one of our second grade teachers was sick, and I had to cover her class for an hour. After a rushed tutorial from the other second grade teacher I found myself in front of a class of people a lot littler than the ones I’m used to teaching. “Good morning, boys and girls,” I said. They looked at me expectantly. “Do you remember my name?” “You’re Emmet Rosenfeld, Dean of Students,” said one rather observant boy, eyeing the red nametag on my lapel. “We met you on the first day of school!” It was true that ...


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