I’m behind by a week on the photo challenge, so this week I’m going to play catch up. The theme, angular, immediately made me think of the lovely, but freezing, Saturday morning a few weeks ago when students from all over NYC who are involved in the after school action sports mentor program, STOKED, swarmed to […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular"
I don’t know where the time goes, but it’s been nearly 3 years since I scaled Mt. Marapi, the most active volcano on the island of Sumatra. My guides and I began our ascent to the top around 11 p.m. and arrived at the summit just before 5 a.m. We watched the sun rise over […]Read more "Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement"
Over the course of the last three weeks I have done away with “to-do” lists entirely. They stress me out and they make me feel entirely unproductive because, well, I just never seem to finish them. My decision to ditch the lists came after I read an article titled “How to be the most productive […]Read more "Scheduling Fun/Death of the “To-Do” List: How to be a First Year Teacher and Still Have a Life"
Generally, I find young twenty-somethings who live in Brooklyn to be quite the forward-thinking, against-“the-man”, fight-for-your-rights kind of folks. Which is why I was surprised to get into a discussion this weekend with some young Brooklyn kids who believed that the role of a history/social studies teacher was to have students memorize facts and events—to simply […]Read more "Why My Students Are Learning About the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Movement"
“Every year I forget that I need time to build up my teaching stamina again. You would think that after 10 years I’d remember that I’m always going to be this tired at the beginning, but I never do.”-the ELA teacher on my teaching team It was as if he knew exactly what I needed […]Read more "The “Firsts” of School"
I’m sitting alone in my Brooklyn apartment staring at the plants that died while my room was being sublet, and the pile of clothes that need to be hung up or folded. My parents, who kindly carted me and my belongings back to NYC, are currently somewhere on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway as they make their […]Read more "Hurry Up and Wait"
There’s really no reason to try to remake a good thing. I’ve decided to come back to my old standby, the ole “Hey Misster” blog and continue sharing my adventures in teaching here. So in case you were wondering what happened to me— for two years I have been living, learning, and teaching in New […]Read more "Hey Misster is Back!"