• “They won’t like you until at least November.”

    All throughout my first few weeks of training at City Year, we were told that exact statement. To not get our hopes up for a perfect fall, because students wouldn’t like us until at least November. It makes a lot of sense. You’re this new person, probably from somewhere nothing like their school. You have to get used to the way things run here, all while the students are testing the waters and trying to push your buttons. By November, they’ve kind of figured out where you fit into the school. It’s one of my favorite parts of the year.…

  • Assessments Everywhere

    It’s exam week!! My students are finally taking their first summative exam of the year, and they aren’t super excited. After that, we’re starting a CEPT (curriculum embedded performance task), which is a project based assessment for the unit. While…

  • 15 Reasons Why Teaching and Theatre are the Same Thing

    Last week, we had our open house at my placement, which brought back vivid memories of my own school open houses. My parents stopped coming pretty early on, but I went every year to recruit for the drama department. For…

  • Intro Units as a Vision of the Future?

    Everyone seems to have thoughts about intro units. Some people like easing into the year by getting to know their students and establishing a classroom culture. Other people hate how tedious it can be to go through that process, and…

  • Cell Phones in Class

    Cell phones have a pretty bad rap in schools. It’s pretty easy to see why. Students spend all their time glued to their screens. They’re texting, Instagramming, watching Fortnite videos or mukbangs. But what if that weren’t the case? How…

  • Sustainability through Crabs

    Anyone from Maryland, especially Baltimore, will tell you that crabs are a summer essential. There’s nothing like spending hours sitting outside with friends and family picking through a mountain of fresh blue crabs. So of course, I had crabs when…

  • Summer Camp Blues

    It’s opening day at summer camp, and for the first time in 10 years, I’m not spending my summer as a full time camp counselor. That means no teaching dance/theatre, no sticky/wet hugs, no 8 year olds hanging off my…

  • Dandelions Everywhere

    For anyone not in Rochester right now, there are dandelions EVERYWHERE. Every time I drive back onto campus, little white puffs rain down on my car. There are streams of seeds along every sidewalk near the Genesee. I’ve lived in…

  • Scientist Reacts

    Since moving back to Rochester, my morning routine has pretty drastically changed. While in Philadelphia, I had to get up at 5am, get ready, then endure an hour of sitting on SEPTA, aka Philly’s public transportation system, just to get…

  • The Purpose of a Playground

    When I think about a playground I think about fun. I think about colorful plastic/metal/wooden structures on a bed of mulch. I think about all the games of lava monkey and using the jungle gym in every way it wasn’t…