Math Workshop: Another Good Idea from New Zealand.

Usually when I tell people that I teach middle school math, I’m met with sympathetic and somewhat terrified looks. It’s the same look I give kindergarten teachers.  It’s not easy, but I love my job. Middle school students are funny, awkward, and yes, sweet. I enjoy teaching math, but even after 11 years, I’ve never … More Math Workshop: Another Good Idea from New Zealand.

Good-bye,Land of the Long White Cloud. Hello, Land of the Stinking Onion.

There’s not much time for me to write a farewell blog. Geoff and Eliza left this afternoon, and I’m flying out with Augusta tomorrow. Like many things on this trip, flying separately was not planned. There was some mix-up with ticketing. Many people have reassured me that a 24-hour flight with an eight-week-old baby will … More Good-bye,Land of the Long White Cloud. Hello, Land of the Stinking Onion.

The Exhausted Mom’s Version of my Fulbright Project

This morning, a friend asked if I am now a full-time researcher and mom: “some kind of superwoman,” as he put it. My brain isn’t working well enough for me to make a witty comparison between myself and superwoman. I am trying to wrap up my project on a ridiculously small amount of sleep.  Visiting … More The Exhausted Mom’s Version of my Fulbright Project

Augusta!

Augusta Victoria Burkhart was born on April 5, 2017 at 9:09 A.M. She weighs 3,240 grams, is 55 cm long, and is covered in baby fur. She is lovely. Geoff’s been proudly walking her all over the hospital. Eliza, equally excited, is going out of her way to be a responsible big sister. I’m still … More Augusta!

The Caesar

When I was pregnant with Eliza, Geoff and I attended childbirth classes. Each class was disturbing in some way. I remember watching a video of a woman holding onto a bar, sweating and gnashing her teeth, while squatting over a hospital bed. I learned in another class that breastfeeding only hurts if you’re doing it … More The Caesar

Work vs. Not-work

Although this was a long time ago, I don’t think I’m exaggerating. I taught all day, planned most weekends, served on three committees, and ran four after-school programs. I split my time between two schools, created an art curriculum for pre-K through 8th grades, floundered with classroom management, and hunted for free or cheap art … More Work vs. Not-work

CPS ADHD

How do you create something sustainable within a framework of flux and crisis?  I began teaching in Chicago Public Schools in 2005.   Since then, CPS has been led by six different CEOs, each with different initiatives and policies. In that time, CPS has been divided into areas, then networks, then clusters, and finally areas once … More CPS ADHD