The story goes that a former research manager for a news agency, as well as an off-and-on freelance writer, decided to go off the deep end and become a teacher.
That moron was me, Mr. D.
I graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 and have a Masters degree in Education from Mercy College. I am a New York City Teaching Fellow, and after teaching social studies at a school in the south Bronx for eight years, I now teach English Language Arts and social studies in a school in the east Bronx. I am also a Teacher-Historian with the Teaching American History project, a federal grant designed to expand American history education in US schools. Finally, not to sound too pompous, but I was also an Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College in the City University of New York.
Some other accolades were gathered along the way, but who needs me to blow more sunshine up your butt.
Commentary was something I was good at, but not dealing with editors. That’s why I started this: to provide an unfiltered view of history–and the teaching of history–through my gin-sodden eyes. It won’t be pretty–heck, it may not even be spelled right. Yet I can guarantee that the blog is honest. Any comments or suggestions are more than welcome.
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“It may not even be spelled right”. Indeed.
In the first sentence of your bio you have a typo. “Off-and-on”, I think you mean, not “of-and-on”.
Enjoying what I’ve read of the blog thus far, btw, and will keep reading and, possibly, submitting editing comments like this one.
Thanks for the check! Will definitely edit that. Please stop by whenever we post!
of-and-on sounds, read-aloud, like “oven on” which, as the question “oven on?” is what soap opera actors ask themselves to get that really worried look on their faces…
off-and-on, read-aloud, sounds like “often on,” a likely description of my computer, which isn’t such a good thing.
I do hope that you are not acquiring bad spelling habits from a certain someone that we know and love.
I realize that this is primarily centered around US History (give or take) but I would really like to see an encore presentation of “Citizen Smurf”- perhaps for Bastille day? I don’t believe I need to recount the history of our “of and on” relationship with France in support of my argument, I just think you, as Mr. D in charge, should just make it so.
Thank you in advance. 😉
Just thoguht i would say hi–and i like your blog! (i followed your post from facebook…)
anyway–i find it really inspiring when anyone starts a blog and puts his thoughts out there–so, cheers to you! i’ll be one of those crazy people known as a “follower”–somewhere out there reading your stuff!
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Dear Mr. D.:
I enjoy reading your blog, and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. My book blog’s url is educationanddeconstruction.com. Every week, I make a nonfiction book recommendation in the topic areas of education, history, technology, biography and/or humor. I have already put up your link. Please reply if you would like to do a link exchange. Thank you.
Hi Sally, I’d be more than happy to exchange links. Yours should be up sometime later today. Best of luck with your blog.
i dig that you posted the Satchmo audio/videos. very early Miles Davis is also quite ear-opening, as is nearly all of his work. so how about Invisible Man by Ellison? now there’s a novel that captures jazz and the blues and so much else…
Hi, nice to meet you !
Thrilled to find your blog this evening, via your letter to Duncan. Plan on subscribing.
Haven’t had time to explore your site yet. My focus is on practical, REAL inclusion with full access to curriculum for those with disabilities. Be glad to share some info if you’re interested.
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Hi, Mr. D. I’m associated with a new blog called New York School Talk. Can we talk? Thanks! Laura Waters: email@example.com