new york city · standardized tests

Releasing Teachers’ Individual Performance Assessments Does Nothing to Strengthen Teaching

Last Friday New York City released the individual performance assessments for 18,000 elementary and middle school teachers in New York City.  While teachers have long known how they've been "ranked" based on their students' test scores, the data was made public last week for the world to see. I've spoken at-length with several former colleagues… Continue reading Releasing Teachers’ Individual Performance Assessments Does Nothing to Strengthen Teaching

new york city · technology · wn entry

A Special Visit

The more things change, the more they stay the same. --Alphonse Karr Last Saturday my cousin got Bar Mitzvahed in New York.  I tacked-on a few extra days to my weekend away so Isabelle and I could spend some time with my parents.  In addition to spending lots of time with family this past weekend… Continue reading A Special Visit

author's note · holiday · mentor texts · new york city · Read Aloud

Baseball & Two December Holidays

Family.  Friendship.  Generosity.  The great American pastime.  Interracial and interfaith friendships.  All of these topics are woven together artfully by Sharon Robinson in a new book, Jackie's Gift.  This is a true story about Sharon Robinson's father, the great baseball player Jackie Robinson, and her family's first Christmas in Brooklyn, NY. The Satlows are a… Continue reading Baseball & Two December Holidays

memories · new york city · Rhode Island

Stacey’s M.M. Post: Carrying It All With Me

Overstuffed File Tote Originally uploaded by teachergal When I lived in Manhattan I never carried that much stuff to and from school daily. After all, I couldn't negotiate the stairs on the subway platforms at 86th and 103rd Streets with too much in my hands. Therefore, I'm perplexed at how much stuff I take to… Continue reading Stacey’s M.M. Post: Carrying It All With Me

memoir · new york city

My M.M. Post

I was teaching my kids a developing strategy (i.e., using time lines before you draft) today and created a timeline of the last time I went to Yankee Stadium. (I was feeling sentimental after last night's ceremony, which I watched on television). Since I am going to be developing this timeline into a personal narrative… Continue reading My M.M. Post

new york city · photograph · wn entry


I loved this guy's shirt... so I took a photo! Originally uploaded by teachergal "You can take the girl out of NY, but you can't take the NY out of the girl!" That's what I say whenever I encounter a Red Sox Fan in Rhode Island. who asks me why I root for the Yankees.… Continue reading PHOTO FRIDAYS: NYY vs. SOX

memoir · memories · new york city · wn entry

MEMOIR MONDAYS: Graduating on the Big Stage

Hunter College Graduation at Radio City Music Hall - June 2004 Originally uploaded by teachergal High School Graduation: Princeton, NJ [The (grassy) Mall on Campus] College Graduation: Washington, DC [The Smith Center] First Grad School Graduation: New York, NY [Radio City Music Hall] Second Grad School Graduation: New York, NY [Riverside Church & Columbia Quad]… Continue reading MEMOIR MONDAYS: Graduating on the Big Stage

new york city · slice of life · Slice of Life Story Challenge · wn entry

Stacey’s SOLSC (and it’s food-related… again)

"Stace, we're almost here," I heard Marc say as I opened my eyes. I saw water on both sides of me. Ahead, it said "178th Street," "Henry Hudson Parkway," "Uptown," "Downtown." I knew exactly where I was... The George Washington Bridge, headed into Manhattan. I closed my eyes again. Then, I blinked them back and… Continue reading Stacey’s SOLSC (and it’s food-related… again)

choice · independent writing projects · NCTE · new york city · writing

Our thinking is evolving

I noticed that Ruth posted her raw thinking earlier today. Let's just say that there's a lot of meta-cognition happening for both of us now that the NCTE Conference is over. I think the Session that got both of us thinking the most was the one with Peter H. Johnston, Katie Wood Ray, and Ralph… Continue reading Our thinking is evolving

NCTE · new york city


I checked the mail today and was happy to see something other than bills inside. I received my NCTE National Convention Credentials today. 🙂 Although the program wasn't included in the envelope, there was a link to it, which I'm planning on visiting to make my final selections for Saturday and Sunday. Please leave a… Continue reading Credentials