From Teaching to Transformation

I have been thinking about teachers. These days, the news is about teacher unions and mediation, teacher performance evaluations, the pros and cons of Teach for America. But instead of all that, I have been thinking about teachers and what it means to have a teacher, what it means to be a teacher. My parents…

Rebellion as Rational Response

The Charm of Rebellious Kids My favorite students are those with well-constructed walls and a Cold War-like teacher defense system. I love students who often ask, “Why should we do this?” and only do what they’re told when they want to or when it makes sense. Following directions is a skill, but it’s not a…

Boy-Shaped Cracks

Nine years: Hundreds of boys This year is my ninth year of teaching. Thus far, my entire career has taken place in schools that were a last resort in some way, including a school serving urban Native American kids, a recovery school for adolescents who struggled with chemical dependency, a school for students on the…