Some teachers undoubtedly spent their snow day yesterday catching up on sleep and enjoying meals longer than a 20-minute cafeteria lunch. Not Jordan Fullam, a third-year English teacher at the High School for Civil Rights in East New York, Brooklyn.
Fullam spent the day working on a cerebral assignment he’s given to his AP English students, and in the community section, he considers what the bonus time meant for him and his teaching. He writes:
Reflecting on all of this now has me wondering, Isn’t this why I became a teacher in the first place, to share the joys of learning with young people? This is, in fact, one of the reasons I became a teacher. But working in a New York City high school, it is often difficult to find time to engage my own content area learning in meaningful ways. …
We teachers, therefore, need more time.