Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Pit of Death

One of my students, “Nick,” told me that if I don’t give him a birthday present, that he will send me to the “Pit of Death” in Sparta (think the movie 300), to burn and rot forever!

We shared a good laugh.

Needless to say, I’m gonna get my man a birthday gift- lol!


Hugh O'Donnell said...

If he's picky, watch your back! :)

Hope it's going well -- the year's winding down!

Anonymous said...

I just read your post of Feb 4th and I'm at awe! What an amazing thing to read and discuss with your student. I am sure it makes him feel special and loved, and it challenges him to read and give his opinion. Truly beautiful.

BeatsLooseLeaf said...


I was just accepted into the Fellowship as a special education teacher. I'm also a young black male. Reading your blog is very inspirational. I want to learn more about how special education works before I make my decision.

From your experiences in CTT, are you responsible for creating lessons, assigning homework, and grading? Or are you primarily there to provide additional support to the general education teacher's lesson plan? Also, is it possible to be certified to teach a subject down the road? Ultimately, I want to teach special education and English.

Please email me at I appreciate any time and help you can give me. Best of luck and keep up the great work!

- Logan

Miss Profe said...

What did you get for him?

Hugh O'Donnell said...

Time to get back in the saddle, BK!

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ruben said...

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Kris said...


I've applied to the NYC Teaching Fellows and was invited to interview. I've been searching around online and your blog popped up. I want to say 'thank you' for the perspective you have. Most of what I've found online has been pretty negative...but you seem to be positive and be motivated by a strong desire to see your students succeed. This has been a breath of fresh air.
I was wondering if you have any words of wisdom/advice for an interviewee. (I interview next week). I understand you are probably very busy, and probably get these requests quite often...but, if you would be willing to share some words you can reach me here:
Thanks again for your attitude; you've been an inspiration.

Anonymous said...


After you interviewed for NYCTF how long did it take for you to find out whether you were accepted? Did the status show "Interview Compeleted" then "Accepted" or did it show "Decision Pending" then "Accepted". I'm an African American female who interviewed on March 1st and am trying to get a sense of how NYCTF operates. I have "Interview Compeleted" Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
BTW my hats off to you for the great job you're doing. Peace

Benny said...

I'm waiting to hear I would like to ask you some questions, as an AA male.

Anonymous said...

Hey what's up man? I agree with many of your points and I'm trying to get in for this year's teaching fellows in science. I'm a young black male as well and I can imagine it to be very hard but rewarding to teach in NYC. I'll check up and see what new stuff you write.


Anonymous said...

Hi I was accepted into the Fellows a few weeks ago. I'm preparing for the move and reading your blog has really truly encouraged me. I do have my fears and reservations about the program but I'm glad I stumbled upon your blog.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Did he actually sent you into the pit pf death? we haven't heard from you ever since. Come back!!!

Karolina said...

would it be possible to contact you? I have some questions + an upcoming interview :)

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Hugh O'Donnell said...

Dude, school's out! We need to know if you made it! ;)

(I'm sure you did it in style, but you've gotta come through with the details.)