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Take Off Your Crown and Spit Out Your Gum

Covering a great English program today. Honors, A.P. English and Creative Writing. What could be bad – and how can one teacher be so lucky to have this program? (And with a program like this, why is she absent?) Meeting … Continue reading

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The Difference Between a Teacher and a Sub

Setting: The hallway on the second  floor of the local high school in which I have been substitute teaching. This period I am assigned to hall patrol in a school where the halls are dead for the most part.  There’s really nothing … Continue reading

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Miniature Glass Figures Fit Perfectly Into the Booth

Attention, anyone who ever took high school English: As a teacher I attempted to bring “The Glass Menagerie” to life in my classroom, but make no mistake about it – seeing it performed on Broadway gives it the helium it … Continue reading

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Kenny’s Guest Post on JFK’s Assassination

As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, many of us will be moved to remember, “Where was I when it happened?” My story is perhaps one of the more unusual ones.  November 22, 1963 was on a … Continue reading

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Regents Riot

I know I’m no longer in the system, but what I just read is an outrage. Just when we thought things couldn’t be any more abysmal at Bloomberg’s NYC Dept. of Education, some “genius,” as described by UFT President Michael Mulgrew, decides … Continue reading

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Yo Miss, You Married?

Some say there is no such thing as a stupid question. I agree. But the timing of some of my former students’ questions was really stupid. Case in point: As I completed an exegesis of a Robert Frost poem, I … Continue reading

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Shedding New Light (and new lesson plans) on “Psycho”

Neil Genzlinger’s article about the soon-to-be-seen “Bates Motel” on  A & E appearing in yesterday’s “Arts and Leisure” section of the Times, taught me a thing or two. The A & E series was filmed outside of Vancouver and while he was working on the … Continue reading

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The Elements of Smile

Boy, I sure underestimated the caliber of writer I addressed at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Senior Center at St. Peter’s Church  this afternoon (what a mouthful – I hope there’s an abbreviated name for this place.)  First of all, … Continue reading

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Once a Poet…

Once upon a time in 1984, I was teaching a Writing Workshop at Richmond Hill High School in Queens. Two of my most memorable students were enrolled in the course: Pete and Darren.  High school classes are by nature, rife … Continue reading

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Book Signing @ Book Revue in Huntington, NY

During my teenage years, Cousin Brucie used to say that Friday night is pick up night and Saturday night is date night. Well, this Friday night, why not come to my book signing event at Book Revue in Huntington where you … Continue reading

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