Franklin had it 1/3 right

[Total read time: 2 minutes] Tuesday, 5:24 am. The school year ended a week ago. I’m in the weight room stretching my hip flexors when Fabrizio, my gym pal, approaches. I am ready for the question; I hear it every year around this time. “Why are you here so early?” Right away, I understand the…

The Year I Last Believed

I held my breath and pushed “PLAY” on the clunky, black and silver cassette recorder. It was Christmas morning, and I was on the verge of a discovery that would squelch a part of my childhood I could never reclaim. REWIND As a kid, I was a keen enthusiast of Nancy Drew, whose intuition, cleverness,…

No Matter How Dark the Night

Thursday, December 3. My grandmother would’ve turned 99 that day. She’s been gone for 10 years now. How would she have reacted if she were alive to read the headlines that morning?   14 killed in California mass shooting; 2 suspects dead in shootout Baltimore on edge as Freddie Gray police trials begin Planned Parenthood…

A Thanksgiving Resolution

Ah, Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday has many reasons to recommend itself: Naps are encouraged and even expected. Mashed potatoes. The Snoopy float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pumpkin pie. Anyone can express the sentiment of the occasion without fear of offending or excluding anyone else. Leftover mashed potatoes. And leftover pumpkin pie. Gratitude, shared…

Writing 101: Eleanor Roosevelt Probably Rocked Zumba

If Mrs. Roosevelt is right, I am as agreeable as the day is long. I consent to feeling inferior every time I compare my pedagogy to another teacher’s; every time I compare my blog to one that’s more insightful, wittier, and more articulate; every time I compare myself to women who work full time, have…

Seven Seconds

The silver pods advanced towards us from around the bend. Dash and Moxie watched, transfixed. Moments earlier they had considered these pods with varying degrees of wonder, suspicion, and fear from below as the alien crafts thundered over our heads on our approach to the station. Now, with Dash’s leash in my hand and Moxie’s…

Teaching With Both Hands

As a teacher, I know a thing or two about learning. Thing 1. Children learn through observation from a very young age, and they do not need to understand what they are seeing for learning to happen. A 1988 study in Developmental Psychology showed that babies as young as nine months imitate actions hours after…