Classroom Alchemy

“Hey, how was Philadelphia?” asked Darius*, as I checked his work (“Sketch a parabola in which b=0”). “Pittsburgh,” I said, pleased and taken aback. It was Wednesday, first day back after our 4-day Veterans Day weekend. Sometime on the previous Thursday, I’d mentioned casually I was going back east for my uncle’s 70th birthday. Six…

Supervision Signup

On my first day of student teaching, the day before school started, my “cooperating teacher” was taking me down to get a door key. We walked past a line of at least 20 people. Jake saw my look. “That’s the supervisory duty signup line.” “Sorry?” “Teachers sign up for 5 rounds of supervisor duty. No…