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Pretty Funny

Louis C.K. told David Letterman that in a sold-out comedy show of 15,000 laughing audience members, what he sees are the 1,000 people who aren’t impressed. 700 more words


Hey, Jealousy

After years of begging a colleague to also teach AP English, he finally said yes; by which I mean our principal asked him once and he agreed. 683 more words


The Six People You'll Meet at an English Teacher Conference

I love going to teaching conferences and getting new ideas, tips, and tricks for my teaching practice. I’m even willing to tolerate that sinking feeling that I’ve been doing it wrong all this time. 587 more words


Unmitigated Disaster and other Hyperbole

I went to the park today with my husband and daughters. It was my idea, even. For the last eight months or so, I’ve been fogged in like a San Francisco airport. 692 more words


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. No. It was just the second thing.

I’m going to tell you a series of fictions, but the result will be truth.

I’m grading the last thousand or so papers from my 2013-2014 students, and then I will be done with my worst school year in memory. 98 more words