The Courtyard of Johnston Elementary School at Chase & Ensor

The Courtyard of Johnston Elementary School at Chase & EnsorToday’s ride took me down the hill and to a rare right to pick up tickets for a party later this week, but the place was closed, so I decided that since I was down here already, I might as well ride my bike around a bit more. I headed east on Chase and decided to ride it out as far as it would go, even though at this point I know there’s no way around Edison Highway–I need one of those flying bicycles to get over it. Continue reading

Abandoned School at N. Miro and St. Ann

Abandoned School, Maybe, At N. Miro and St. AnnAfter spending a couple of hours cleaning the Surly, including cleaning between each individual link in the chain and scrubbing the derailleur, all of which was incredibly pleasurable, I took the bike out for a ride. I headed to Mid-City for coffee and a cookie and some writing. Continue reading

Agnes L. Bauduit Elementary School in Uptown

Agnes L. Baudit Elementary School in UptownToday was the first day of school. I love the first day of school. It is so full of hope and promise. Nobody’s behind on the readings yet, you get to go to the bookstore and ogle the selection. You get to see who’s in your classes and say hi to old friends. Continue reading

Center for Public Service Showcase at Banneker Elementary

Benjamin Banneker Elementary SchoolToday was the last day of school, and it was bittersweet.  I’m happy for summer–time to get my research and writing done, ride my bike, dance outside, and swimswimswim.  At the same time, I had some really outstanding students this term, and I’m sad to say goodbye to them, especially the graduating seniors.  Continue reading

Recess at Holy Name of Jesus School

Today in class I asked students to think about how we do gender as children in elementary school. Our reading talked about the ways that teachers enforce sex segregation in the classroom and on the playground–making teams of girls and boys for spelling contests, having girls and boys stand in separate lines, telling the boys to quiet down, “like the girls.” Continue reading

New Orleans Math and Science Charter School

I am sick.  I have a cold.  I haven’t had a cold in a long time, and I’m no good at being sick, especially when it cuts in to my bike riding time.  But alas, I must take it easy and get myself back to healthy.  In the meantime I’m just riding to and from work.  Continue reading