Category Teaching & Learning

How I Survived The First Few Years of Teaching and Didn’t Burn Out

Earlier this week, a close friend and fellow teacher posted about her very, very long day at work. When she got home that evening it was far from over because she had lesson plans to finish, grades to submit, parents to call, and probably tears to cry. I could literally feel her pain because my […]

Upcoming Hip-Hop Education Workshop in NYC on Thursday 10/15

Hey all, I’m doing a hip-hop education workshop in New York City next Thursday, October 15 at Spreadhouse Coffee on the Lower East Side. This workshop was supposed to take place in the summer, but it was moved to this fall date due to venue issues. Spreadhouse Coffee is located on Suffolk St. between Rivington and Delancey. I […]

Part 2: High School Students Write Essays on Kendrick Lamar’s album, To Pimp A Butterfly

“Over 40 years, we’ve made changes in this country, but did we make a change in the heart of the individual?” – Jalen (9th grade) Since my last post about teaching Kendrick Lamar’s new album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) in the high school classroom, many people from around the world, including educators and music fans […]

Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to […]

Invitation to the Met, in the voice of Maxine Greene

Dear New York City student, You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of intertextual exploration at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, located at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028. Please do not leave your identity on the downtown A train. Bring it with you (you will need it). There is no […]