Category Archives: Excerpts

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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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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Who Tips Santa Anyway?

  The Queens Courier – December 31, 2009 – www.queenscourier.com “Hi ya, Doll!” That is the greeting from a Santa Claus in Queens – and my former high school student. Meet Frankie, a classic Italian-American wise guy wannabe. A rotund … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to My Students

CHAPTER EXCERPTS Taken from Melinda Ehrlich’s Take Off Your Hat and Spit Out Your Gum – A Teacher’s Memoir A Love Letter to My Students Every once in a while I fell in love with one of my classes. Here … Continue reading

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Team Teaching as a “Solution” to Overcrowding At Maxwell

CHAPTER EXCERPTS Taken from Melinda Ehrlich’s Take Off Your Hat and Spit Out Your Gum – A Teacher’s Memoir Team Teaching as a “Solution” to Overcrowding At Maxwell In this overcrowded building an attempt was made to solve the classroom … Continue reading

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BLOOPERS AND WISECRACKS

These can be found in Melinda Ehrlich’s Take Off Your Hat and Spit Out Your Gum – A Teacher’s Memoir  Twisted But Funny When I asked students to take out their textbooks one day, Savitrie did not have hers on … Continue reading

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