Fly on the Wall: Mr. Cunningham

By: Adam Sutton “Who’s ready for a visitor!” Ms. Gilmor shouted.  A sea of hands and an echo of “me, me, me” followed.  “Remember, who can tell me one rule when we are at story time?” “Me, me, me I can!  I can!” Mr. Cunningham shouted over the pre-schoolers quietly raising their hands.  “Papa,” Juliette … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Mr. Cunningham

Fly on the Wall: LaToya

By: Adam Sutton “Has anyone figured out why I assigned these books for your reading project?” Mrs. Snell asks the class.  Several hands pop up immediately.  “Because the stories all have kids in them.  Kids like our age kinda,” says LaToya. Sharon pipes up saying, “They are about history, and you teach us history.” Melvin … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: LaToya

The World’s Best Reading Strategy

By: Anonymous Think of one of the filthiest words you could call a woman. Now, imagine an 11-year-old saying that word to you. Picture it again, only this time with the knowledge that the 11-year-old has no idea what he has just said to you and is simply asking what he considers to be a … Continue reading The World’s Best Reading Strategy

Jane, Not Forgotten Pt. 1

By: Anonymous In the late 1800s for poorer folks in the Finger Lakes area of New York, winter is particularly hard. Families who could heat their homes with coal often went to the railroad tracks to pick up any lumps that managed to fall from the trains passing through the town. One such person was … Continue reading Jane, Not Forgotten Pt. 1

Fly on the Wall: Edward

By: Adam Sutton “Why the fuck did they let Edward back in this place, Sue?  Why?  He’s terrorized every classroom here for 3 years!  My perfectly fine and well-mannered period 4 class is now a fucking disaster!  One kid!” screamed Mr. Clark after school on Tuesday.  “Uh huh,” Ms. Heart replied, trying to be sympathetic. … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Edward

Fly on the Wall: Zoe

By: Adam Sutton “Hey, Zoe.  How are you doing?” Mr. Francis asks. “Fine.” “Well, it looks like you’re struggling with #1.  How did American independence influence others around the world?  What is a key word for us to focus on here?” “How.” “Ok.  Maybe.  What about independence?  What’s that mean?” “Like it depends.  Sometimes it’s … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Zoe