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students vs. statistics: why I stay a teacher

On my way to work each day, looming above the newly-built-but-not-yet-operating-train-tracks is a billboard that declares: Unlimited Data Of course, it’s some advertisement for a phone company that offers all the access one could ever want to Facebook, Candy Crush, Snapchat, Twitter and Youtube. And then I walk through the door of my school, which is a representation of any public school in the American education system, and I hear the same message from above, around, and below: Unlimited Data Recently, a dear friend at another school told me a colleague counted somewhere around 27 days of assessment for their school Read More

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An Open Letter to my AP Students on Test Day

To my dearest students, on their test day, I sit up here thinking of you down there, testing. I sit up here, across from my teacher friend/soul sister, and I think about our year together. I am reflective. I wonder if I’ve done enough. I wonder if I pushed you hard enough. I wonder if your AP Lit class was like that of any other AP Lit class, in any school not plagued by poverty or criticized by class or neglected by neighborhood or hunted by haters. I wonder if I taught you how to analyze literature, to pay attention to shift, Read More