November 27, 2019

 This is a book I've had in my stack for awhile but I finally dove into it a couple weeks ago, finishing it in a few days. I usually love Lisa Delpit's work, so it was not surprising that I got into this book, but I didn't realize that it had an anthropological focus. Parts of the book examines the cultural specificity of literacy practices, and how school may unknowingly alienate groups of students by promoting only one type of literacy and communication. It's really worth a read! It helped me better understand some of the things I really dislike about my current school's curriculum.  Soon I hope to read something more recent of hers to see how her ideas are evolving...

April 28, 2019

stayed up way too late to solve this mystery

February 10, 2019

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From the Winter 2018-19 issue (Vol. 33, No. 2):

February 10, 2019

I read a good helping of this book sitting in a bookstore in Chicago last fall, but finally checked it out from the library so I can read the rest. Nicholson Baker is a writer who worked as a substitute teacher in Maine for 28 days to investigate some of his hunches about schools. I find his observations painfully funny and real. I also came into teaching by way of subbing and so his anthropological gaze feels familiar, but he also captures amazing verbatim kid and teacher dialogue, the strange flows of subjects and activities, and the long, slow march that 7 hours of school can be so well. It is sad in a lot of ways, but I also find it edifying to know that I am not the only one feeling,...

January 13, 2019

I'm about halfway through and I am in love with this book of essays.

January 13, 2019

I listened to the audio, which is read by Michelle Obama, and it was a gift to listen to. It starts with her young life and ends with them leaving the White House. It is an instructive reflection on the recent decades of national U.S. politics and how her personal journeys intersected with all of it.

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