Today is My Last Day At MASE

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I’ve been teaching at the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering since the fall of 2006, and today is my last day. In the six years I was at MASE, I taught 8th grade writing, 12th grade English, AP Language and Composition, 11th grade English, mythology, creative writing, and probably a class or two I’ve […]

What We’ve Learned–The Students of 2012

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The school year is over, so it’s time to find out what our students have learned. What We’ve Learned Being young means living life, making mistakes, feeling loved, having friends, experiencing wild things, defying the law, and maturing into an adult. I’ve learned that when a character in a story has a first name that […]

The Great Gatsby Roundup

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Do you have an old copy of The Great Gatsby lying around?  Here’s what you can do with it, Old Sport. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I teach in an inner-city school where students do not have enough access to the books that they needs.  And, if you went […]

Bow Tie Tuesday

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Real men wear bow ties. The bow tie is such a risky article of clothing.  Wear it right and you look urbane and debonair; wear it wrong and you look like a clown.  About six months ago I was feeling sartorially frisky and decided to buy one.  I ordered this one off, and my […]

Jay Gatsby’s Facebook Page

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For extra credit, I allowed my students to create Facebook pages for characters in The Great Gatsby.  Come on in to see some more.  We don’t have computers in my classroom, but we do have paper and colored pencils from the dollar store.  (But don’t tell the Republicans about the colored pencils!  If they knew […]