Not to brag, but I’ve had quite a few students in my day tell me they love me. There are the begrudging, teenage-angst-y love yous when it’s the Friday before a long break and you and all of the teachers … Continue reading
I have never, ever, doubted my commitment to teaching where I do. (If you don’t know this by now, that’s a little bit surprising, but I teach in inner-city Philly.) I’ve always felt privileged to be an important figure in my kids’ lives and attempt, however futile my efforts might be, to make a difference. Though sometimes—honestly, quite often—my job is tireless and challenging, I wouldn’t trade my experiences thus far.
This summer, though, I got to thinking what it’d be like to teach somewhere else. I took a job as a technology specials counselor at a private school just outside the city, and while I wouldn’t dare call my actual responsibilities “teaching,” I got to know a bunch of kiddos who are very different from mine.
For starters, they’re white. (Most of them, anyways.) Continue reading
Today is the official last day of my third year teaching. (!!!) In all honesty, it was a rough transition to my new school this year, and that caught me off guard. I didn’t blog as much as I would have liked, … Continue reading
It’s not often—or ever, really—I struggle while reading. I always say that I grew up reading… ever since I could remember, I had a book at the breakfast table, or I read the cereal box if I didn’t have anything … Continue reading
I doubt anyone would ever wish to be in 7th grade again… I teach 7th grade, and I most certainly would not. (Funny side note: I actually don’t remember much about my seventh grade year. But still, no thank you … Continue reading
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a snippet from a conversation I had with one of my students about a month ago.
At first, I didn’t make much of it—kids say a lot of odd things, as I have come to learn as a middle school teacher. But a few of her words have been haunting me since she uttered them, and since I’m a writer and my mind works this way, they started to form a blog post.
And now, here we are. Continue reading
Happy April 1st! I’m not a practical joke person, but even if I was, there’s no April Fool’s here… I’m now on Teachers Pay Teachers! Find my store here, or search Miss Alliegro Teaches on the TpT site.
I worry a lot about my kids. I worry about how they’ll do on their state tests. I worry about whether they’ll get home safe. I worry about if they’re eating something healthy for dinner and if they did their … Continue reading
Before I started writing this post, I tried to work out some math. But, since I’m not a math teacher, it didn’t go so well. So, I’ve decided I’ll just start with this. Our kids spend a lot of hours … Continue reading
Yesterday, I woke up deciding to make lasagna soup. (Well, that’s sort of how it happened… I have a habit on Saturdays to wake up and watch a few hours of Food Network as I lazily get myself started on all of … Continue reading