By: H.A. Spinelli “...so I won’t be able to attend today’s meeting. I’ll get the notes from someone tomorrow.” My department chair gave me a puzzled look. I am a teacher who always attends meetings. I am always early, or at the very least, on time. I rarelymiss meetings or make plans on days when … Continue reading Epiphany

You are Not Alone

By: Prianca Naik Twenty years ago, we begged my grandmother to live with us in our home in Western New York.  She was adamant about returning to her two bedroom flat in Pune, India.  There she had a couple of live in maids and neighbors one wall over.  Here, in the United States, the houses … Continue reading You are Not Alone

Free Time is Great for Being Busy

By: Anonymous For nearly two years now, I have continued on an unending path of “doing too much” that I can never feel rested. Throwing out the perpetual conversation of the lifestyle of a teacher during the school year—which I will not go into here—summers are where I normally get my rest and relaxation. However, … Continue reading Free Time is Great for Being Busy

Fly on the Wall: Mr. Burdock

By: Adam Sutton Mr. Burdock stands in the middle of his classroom surrounded by students quietly but feverishly marking the text for any numbers or statistics that might tell them about the debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.  He turns around, scanning the desks.  He looks at Jimmy.  Jimmy always needs help.  … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Mr. Burdock

Fly on the Wall: Mrs. George

By: Adam Sutton “Today, Ms. Fiore is going to be with you guys.  Be on your best behavior, like always, since she has some stuff that’s good for you forever.  It will provide you with guidance.”  Mrs. George pauses.  Laughs to herself and continues, “Guidance.  Ha!  Get it?  Guidance.  She’s a Guidance Counselor.”  The students … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Mrs. George

… And Now, I Am Not

By: Todd I taught for 26 years, and now, in year 27, I am not.  I am one of those pseudo administrators that principals dream up, to help with discipline, like a dean of students.  Only my title is Restorative Practices (RP) Coordinator.   My principal carved my position out from her staffing allocation.  Don’t misunderstand … Continue reading … And Now, I Am Not

Fly on the Wall: Mr. Ortiz

By: Adam Sutton Mr. Ortiz stood outside his classroom, head hung low, eyes fixed on the ground directly in front of his feet.  He looked tired.  “Mr. Ortiz.  You doin’ ok?” asked Mrs. Klum, his next door neighbor.  “Yea.  Yea.  My 8th grade problem is killing me.” “I’m guessing the 8th grade problem is that … Continue reading Fly on the Wall: Mr. Ortiz