Category Archive: new york city

Releasing Teachers’ Individual Performance Assessments Does Nothing to Strengthen Teaching

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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… Continue reading

A Special Visit

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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… Continue reading

Baseball & Two December Holidays

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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… Continue reading

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

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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… Continue reading

My M.M. Post

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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… Continue reading

PHOTO FRIDAYS: NYY vs. SOX

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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… Continue reading

MEMOIR MONDAYS: Graduating on the Big Stage

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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… Continue reading

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

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“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… Continue reading

A Visionary in the Bronx

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My mother-in-law sent me the link to a story from “The Today Show.” It’s about an unlikely principal who turned a failing junior high school in the Bronx around… completely. Click here to… Continue reading

Posting Poems

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One of my kiddos posted a poem (which was shown to me when it was in draft form a couple of weeks ago) this morning. I’m exceedingly flattered that I’m seeing poems dedicated… Continue reading

Our thinking is evolving

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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… Continue reading

Credentials

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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… Continue reading

My Last Day in New York City

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It rained today. Hard. Really, really hard. I had to run the windshield wipers on the highest setting just so I could see out. Hence, I didn’t do everything I had hoped to… Continue reading