What Should We Talk About?

My favorite part of teaching was sharing evocative passages, affecting scenes, meaningful lyrics and innovative ideas with my students. We’d read, watch and listen to them, then think, talk and write about them.


It kept me from the curriculum. But then I’d think, Why isn’t this the curriculum? This is what kids need to learn! For example, after watching the scene where Tom Hanks scolds Geena Davis in A League of Their Own,


“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great!”


I’d share it with students and explain why I showed it to them. And now I’m sharing passages, scenes, lyrics and ideas with you with the goal of getting a thought-provoking, life-enhancing conversations started.

The Missing Pieces Podcast #10

Aatash updates the status of the 37.8 Latitude Charter High School and Jaime shares his idea - and frustrations - with his assignment "Research anything you want."

Diminishing Influence, Haunting Loneliness, Becoming Invisible and the Hardest Part of Being a Teac

The last time I couldn't sleep, I didn't count sheep. I counted years. My teacher years. Since this is my 32nd year in the classroom, it took a while, but I surprised myself by remembering all of them. The memories were so hauntingly vivid that they kept me awake. Saddened by the evanescence of connections, particularly teacher-student ones, I lied there wondering why relationships evaporate. Perhaps only teachers understand the exceptionality of the friendships forged in classrooms. At the start of a typical year, teachers teach strangers. Nine months later, after our lives are shared, we’re family. Well, not all of us. I wish I connected with every kid, but I don't. This used to torment me