Cinema Hat Trick

Three films that I try to find a way to use every year. I was a film student at Northwestern back in the days of the feminist film aesthetic of the late 70s.  What I discovered then (along with the fact that I can fall asleep watching a film in a minute) is that are…

Putting all the pieces together

I work with the United States History and the other American Literature teachers on a project that is wholly valuable, consistently maddening, and frequently time sucking.  There are definitely days when it doesn’t feel worth all the work, all the talking and thinking, all the mediating and prodding.  And then a student will remind me…

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

Clay Burell writes a blog that is engaging and literate and that on occasion terrifies me. His recent series of posts raises real questions about the Bush administration and the current election, but also about what we, as teachers, are doing in the face of Rome burning. (Sorry Clay, I will spell your last name…