I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.
School begins tomorrow in the Oklahoma City Public School District for the Spring Term. Many of my fellow teachers have griped about coming back on Friday for week day before the weekend. I think that this would be a good time to go over the class norms, rituals, and routines. My problem is in being consistent in applying them, so that is what I will concentrate on during this semester.