Le blog? C’est moi…

I’m starting my – gasp! – 8th year teaching middle school science in the south Bronx. I also do yoga, eat vegetarian food, bake cakes, go to concerts, and seek out the odd & interesting corners of New York City and the adventures to be found within. This blog is mostly about teaching and education, but it’s also about science, politics, yoga, books, music, and whatever catches my fancy. You will probably disagree with me a lot but let’s keep it kind.  I believe in changing one’s mind, admitting one’s mistakes, apologizing for the hurt one causes, and allowing others to do the same!


4 responses to “Le blog? C’est moi…

  1. Hello fellow NYC Educator. I write to invite you to attend an upcoming education “unconference” , sponsored by an NYC teacher-run non-profit organization, Open Educator. Please see the description below. Any publicity help you can provide on your blog would be greatly appreciated! Hope to see you and some of your readers there.

    Jennifer Stillman
    Co-founder, Open Educator, Inc.

    EduCamp NYC is a gathering born from the desire by teachers, researchers, and technology specialists in K-12 education to share and learn in an open and powerfully-networked environment. All workshops are scheduled the day they happen, and are lead by conference attendees. Attendees are strongly encouraged to give a demo, run a session, lead a discussion, or help with one, or otherwise volunteer / contribute in some way to support the event. The people present at the event will select the workshops they want to attend. Pre-event planning will take place using the barcamp wiki. The event will be run using Open Space Technology. Conference notes and post-conference teamwork will take place using the curriculum collaboration tool, http://www.openplanner.org. RSVP at http://www.educampnyc.org

    Event Details:

    * When: Saturday, December 1st, 10AM – 4PM, followed by happy hour

    * Where: Teachers College, 120th between Broadway and Amsterdam, Rm. 285 Grace Dodge Hall

    * Cost: Free, including breakfast and lunch

    With Networking and learning opportunities for all!

    Veteran teachers:

    o Show-off your repertoire.

    o Learn new tricks.

    o Forge a collaborative curriculum project.

    o Feel out new job opportunities with school leaders.

    New teachers:

    o Connect with mentors in your subject area.

    o Find a school that fits.

    School leaders:

    o Experience a teacher-led model for professional development.

    o Build early relationships with new teacher candidates.

    Education researchers:

    o Present and explore educational theories with practitioners.

    o Recruit a subject group.

    Education Technology Specialists:

    o Powow with others doing cutting-edge work in the Web 2.0 instructional realm.


    When you come, be prepared to share with educampers.
    When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

  2. Hello!

    I too am a teacher (in training!) and wanted to take a moment to say hello from across the way!

    I have found your honesty here to be inspiring, and appreciate the time that you take to share your life with others. I am planning on teaching middle school English, and the experiences you share about teaching, life, and the roads where they meet have proved invaluable as I start this journey.


  3. Erin Powell

    Hi there,
    I enjoy your blog a good deal. I linked to it on my blog. I don’t really know the edict of that sort of thing, so I hope that is alright. Your blog is very aesthetically pleasing and the writing is good. I have recently started my own blog, which is why I am on the search for other teacher blogs. I am finding that I am only willing to read the ones that are pretty and have pictures. (I understand how my beginning readers feel.) If you would like to take a peek at my blog feel free. http://www.creativekids.tumblr.com

  4. Firstly, Robert and I have enjoyed browsing your site. He’s in his first year of teaching and I’m in my second. Your posts provide great fodder for thought and get quite a strong, thoughtful response from the teaching community.

    Secondly, this year we started eledblog.com so we could build a blogging teacher community. We’d love to have you blog with us and short of that, we’d like to exchange reciprocals links because we think your blog is great. In addition to blogs, forums and lesson plans, we also envision a place to find all the best links, like you….a process we’re still working on.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Robert and Caitlin

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