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La Ciudad de los Angeles

Sunday afternoon I was transfixed by a dazzling production by the Castilleja Upper School Theatre: City of Angels. From the moment I sat down in my seat I could tell … Continue reading

April 29, 2018

April 15th = 42

I wrote this post five years ago on the occasion of the release of the movie “42,” depicting the life of Jackie Robinson. Every April 15th I think about the … Continue reading

April 15, 2018

Just Poetry

Sometimes I write bad poetry – here are samples from the past few years Sub Duties Subbed a class today where I bribed the students with a vat of bacon … Continue reading

April 12, 2018

Special Message to 2020

Dear Fabulous and Amazing Class of 2020, I know it’s been a month since I’ve seen you all, but I wanted to write to you to say that I miss … Continue reading

March 14, 2018

Opening Day 2017

April 2, 2017 The start of the baseball season is more important to me than most holidays. I try to get fired up for Valentine’s Day but it always feels … Continue reading

April 2, 2017

Welcome to the School Year!

You can’t imagine how excited get every year to start the school year. One of the unique joys of being a teacher is that I get to experience renewal every … Continue reading

August 24, 2016

The Tyranny of “Nice”

“Wait, how do you know Marta? She was never in your class?” This might be one of the most common questions I get when in conversation about my profession. I’d have … Continue reading

August 17, 2015

RPN Club – The New Woobie!

Woobie What type of relationship do you have with your calculator? Do you use it to do your bidding? Or is it smarter than you? Do you use it for … Continue reading

February 6, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday!

Five years ago I started my Pandora station [LINK] Seed Songs – There are 51 “seed” songs 1st song =  “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus NOTE – only seed … Continue reading

November 2, 2014

Real Student-Teacher Conversations

Sometimes I try to imagine my job, my profession, as a series of conversations. Of course, this is actually true in a literal sense, as my entire professional worth (most … Continue reading

December 8, 2013

My Music

My students know that I play music in my classroom – it’s probably one of my defining characteristics as a high-school teacher. (I am a bit sad writing this…) I … Continue reading

November 10, 2013


On most days I feel as though I am a complete idiot. This is not because I don’t know “stuff” or because I don’t occasionally have success at my chosen … Continue reading

May 16, 2013

Hall of Fame

I remember the first chemistry class I ever taught. I remember so many details that it would shock my family, as I am regularly accused of forgetting almost any detail … Continue reading

May 13, 2013


Today marks the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s debut in Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. The remembrance of this moment in baseball might be the single best decision made in … Continue reading

April 15, 2013

AP Chemistry: “The Deal”

Students, there is more debate about the objective of AP courses than you might imagine. That is to say, if you surveyed all of the teachers of AP courses at … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Stuff Overheard

I am the captain of my data! Nothing is stopping you from being great! This stapler is my favorite object The more you tell me that you don’t understand this … Continue reading

August 3, 2011

The Two Things in Technology

I am getting cranky in my old age, and that must be clear to the many people I encounter in my life. Maybe I have been at this teaching “thing” … Continue reading

August 3, 2011

Conceding the Conversation

I have noticed something about my approach to educational technology that isn’t as common as I had thought. My thinking is always centered around this single point: who owns the conversation? First … Continue reading

April 14, 2011