Bronx Classroom Tales
Phil Tabernacle

A 3rd year HS English teacher in the S. Bronx and NYC Teaching Fellows alum, Phil is all about honesty, esp. when it comes to the state of education. To protect his school's privacy and keep his job, all names have been changed.  



Teacher Meetings
I have a confession to make: I love teacher meetings and I don't care who knows it! I love coffee, I love yellow legal pads and love the idea of getting together to discuss problems and their...
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When I think about how schools mentor and "grade" teachers, it always surprises me that we seem to ignore the recognized assessment strategies we use for students. What good is an observation without...
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After attending a few CCSS roll out sessions, I'm still far from an expert on the initiative but this change sparks debate between my optimism and cynicism in education.   Here are 3 results of...
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After I finished my undergrad degree, most of the graduating class drove down to Florida for a week of debauchery fueled by free kegs of lukewarm beer, dollar PBR’s and corndogs on the boardwalk....
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Too often, teachers think of administration as the “dark side,” but those same skills that make for a good teacher should translate into supportive, encouraging educational leaders. The...
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Too often, teachers think of administration as the “dark side,” but those same skills that make for a good teacher should translate into supportive, encouraging educational leaders. The...
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Too often, teachers think of administration as the “dark side,” but those same skills that make for a good teacher should translate into supportive, encouraging educational...
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Too often, teachers think of administration as the “dark side,” but those same skills that make for a good teacher should translate into supportive, encouraging educational...
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Creativity is unfortunately lacking from many content standards, and yet I feel engendering creativity from all of our students is one of the only ways we’re going to be able maintain the standard of...
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Having completed a Masters in school leadership, I’ve officially taken the first step towards crossing over to the other side:  administration.  While I intentionally do not refer to it as...
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