Tag: learn

Keeping Score

With hurricane Harvey now hitting Texas, those of us in New Orleans have wary eyes pointed westward - and still, we keep on truckin'.  It's what we have to do, in the classroom and out of it.  Looking back at this piece, all the apprehension of watching Isaac had to have an impact on our … Continue reading Keeping Score

Schoolyear Homestretch: They Know Not of What They Speak. Or Write.

Schoolyear Homestretch: They Know Not of What They Speak. Or Write.

The discussion in my predominately black, tenth grade classroom was focused on racism. We have been working our way through the book A Lesson Before Dying, a wonderful 1994 Pulitzer nominee about a rural Louisiana black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Set in 1947, the story pre-dates the Civil Rights […]

Kids these days

You just never know how my students are going to react. The new semester began this past week, and I have two completely new sets of senior English students to deal with and hybrid speech class of holdovers and newcomers. I like the freshness of two new classes – especially since this is the final … Continue reading Kids these days

“E.T. phoooooooone hooooome….”

Your word of the day, as it was for my two senior English classes on Friday, is 'nomophobia.' Nomophobia is the fear of not having mobile phone connectivity. Though I am no clinician or diagnostician, I am a high school English teacher. My students are indeed afflicted with nomophobia; you would think, sans their phones, … Continue reading “E.T. phoooooooone hooooome….”

Erudite

A rip-roaring morning start to a pretty good all-around day in room 261 Start of second period, first class of the day. Bell has rung, my senior English students are working on their daily ‘Do Now’ journal. The lights are off (as usual) so they can see the on-screen writing prompt. I am standing behind … Continue reading Erudite

Dim bulbs

Regular visitors to this spot have likely heard me state that, in my life as a New Orleans high school teacher I encounter “More flavors of stupid than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream.” Today was a double-dip. The fun stated near the end of my third-period senior English class. At my classroom door was a guy … Continue reading Dim bulbs

Lessons Learned in Mr. Lucker’s Class on the Last Day of School

If you are a high school sophomore, soon-to-be-a-but-probably-not-yet junior, and you bring a water gun (‘squirt gun' in Mr. Lucker’s youthful vernacular) into Mr. Lucker’s classroom on the last day of class, and Mr. Lucker watches you (pseudo surreptitiously) fill  said squirt-gun from a water bottle, he will wait until you have jussssst about finished reloading … Continue reading Lessons Learned in Mr. Lucker’s Class on the Last Day of School