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Category: Teacher Voice

Adjusting for Poverty

In a recent NYT article, Eduardo Porter outlines the Economic Policy Institute’s report whose findings conclude that once U.S. students’ PISA scores are adjusted for social status, we’re actually doing significantly better than we thought we were. “Then the researchers divided students into groups depending on the number of books in their homes, a measure […]

The Real McCoy

In honor of World Teachers Day, I’m sharing a piece I wrote on Yo Mista! a few years ago about one of the most passionate and inspirational teachers I’ve ever had. I’ve made some minor edits, as I originally wrote this when I was still teaching high school. Here it is: I recently Googled “John […]

Hipster Ice Cream

“Yo Mista… why this place really called the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop? Do they really mean gay?” This place does well with immature teenagers I recently took two of some of my closest students out for ice cream to tell them I wasn’t coming back to teach this school year. I’ve known David and […]

Why I Quit Teaching

I’ve decided to quit teaching. After six grueling years teaching high school math to New York City’s most at-risk students, I’ve become jaded. And no, it’s not because of the kids. They were the most compelling reason against leaving. It’s just everything else. When I first started teaching, I walked into the classroom absolutely on […]