02-20-13 Chemistry (Reprise)

TS Eliot was wrong. Februrary, not April, is “the cruelest month.” At least for me. Yes, the days are getting longer. Yes, the temperature ocassionally soars into the high 20s. But it is often in the heart of February that what I think is SAAD (seasonal affective disorder) hits me. And I lose my will…

12-11-12 School’s Out

I taught at Watertown Senior high school for several decades and I can tell you that it’s amazing how quickly the halls fill with students at 3:31, when the final class is done. It’s also amazing how quickly the school gets quiet as students end their day and head for home. Incidentally, I would call…

Saturday School

In the school I teach at, Saturday School was a form of punishment to students who had misbehaved. But at KIPP Minnesota, where my son Brian teaches, things are different. Once and a while, if the 9 hour weekdays in school aren’t enough, they work on Saturday. It’s not about punishment; it’s about excellence. What…

Suspicion

For the last several years, in addition to teaching at Watertown High School, I have also volunteered to take photos for our yearbook. Sometimes the editors tell me what to photograph. And sometimes I’m told to “wander.” And that’s how I found this subject. The art rooms are my favorite places because I can almost…