I am currently teaching Government and Economics (two separate classes) in a Title I high school that is entirely on free lunch in one of the poorest communities in the country. Having been “on the job” for several weeks now, I can honestly say that I am in the right place and made the right decision in taking the road less traveled.
But what of my future here on Cambridge Common (the website)? Well, for one thing, it means that the topic of my postings will, come the beginning of the academic year at Harvard (after all, it would be nice to have an audience outside of the two dozen odd souls who daily check this site…), take on a different outlook. My intention is to use this space to periodically report from the “front lines of the classroom,” as more than one pundit has called it, and give observations and thoughts about my experience. I will, from time to time, post on other issues as they strike my fancy, but my main focus will be education and teaching. Golis will be bringing in a fresh perspective on campus issues, although I of course reserve the right to chime in about campus politics.
For now, I’ve got to get back to grading (I have nearly 150 students spread out over five classes), but I do promise to report back soon and, hopefully, more often. Until then, I welcome your comments on what particular areas of my experience that you would like to know about. Hope that those of you preparing to return to Cambridge have had a quasi-relaxing summer.