Have Books. Will Deliver. #sol20

Normally by November, independent reading would be well established in my classroom. I’d still be working with a few students to find that just right book, but most students would have finished a couple of books by now and pleasure reading–in class at least–would be part of our predictable routine. But with the upheaval of…

Spending the Morning with Dr. Anna Julia Cooper #sol20

For the past few months, ever since I read Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius and began learning from her articles and presentations, I’ve been thinking about a question she frequently centers in her work: why don’t we use a “Black and Brown model as our framework of education,” especially when we are educating Black, Indigenous…

Dream Job #4: Slice of Life #sol20

My first dream job was my very first job when I was still in high school: working at a bookstore. It was a mall bookstore, small, full of flashy commercial titles, popular series, and the occasional serendipitous discovery. I still remember the day I plucked Kendall Hailey’s The Day I Became an Autodidact from the…

Taking Action in Our Sphere of Influence #sol20

I haven’t read the article yet, but I appreciated the challenge in the title of an op-ed a friend shared yesterday: “When Black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs.” I think there’s something true about that. More than anything else, what I’m seeing online right now as a response to this…

Teachers, Let’s Stop Assigning Harmful Books

(Note: This post has been in draft for a few weeks now. I’ve felt more urgency to finish in the last couple of days–especially as I see The Help trending on Netflix. That is NOT the film we need right now. Or anytime.) The other day I saw a tweet from a teacher asking for…

Things I Wish I Loved But Don’t: Slice of Life #sol20

This topic came from a suggestion on Shawna Coppola’s blog. running puppies staying up late parties public speaking corn e-reading house cleaning tempeh sewing summer fireworks paperwork mashed potatoes camping meditation electric blankets lined notebook paper What are some things you wish you loved but don’t?

Celebrating the Pulitzer Prizes: Slice of Life #sol20

I started my day with the news, and today was yet another day when the world–when Americans–were too much for me. What has sustained me through the last twenty-four hours is reading and rereading these enlightening paragraphs from Dr. Ibram Kendi’s latest piece in The Atlantic: Slaveholders desired a state that wholly secured their individual…

Stray Cat: Slice of Life #sol20

A stray cat has taken up residence in our garage. This isn’t an unexpected occurrence: our neighborhood has a fair number of strays and ferals, and to help them through winter, we have a feral cat winter shelter station set up in the garage. And it probably surprises exactly none of my regular blog readers…