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Occupation Educator
Location New Jersey
Introduction Second year educator; social justice minded; sworn enemy of teacher shoes everywhere; figuring out how to do what I do as best as I possibly can, without losing myself in the process.
Interests perspectives, perception, books that enrich my soul, music so beautiful that it makes me want to cry, brain science, radical politics, loving kindness.
Favorite Movies Naomi Klein's The Take, Gaza Strip, Michael Moore's films (esp. Sicko), The Kite Runner, Mystic River, The Corporation, Little Miss Sunshine, The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the original not the weird new one regardless of my affection for Johnny Depp), The Princess Bride, Manon of the Spring (Manon de sources), North by Northwest, Reno 911, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Charlie Wilson's War, There Will Be Blood, The Life of David Gale, Shawshank Redemption, Drop Dead Fred, Garden State, anything with Sean Penn or Philip Seymour Hoffman or Kevin Spacey or Tim Robbins or Steve Carell
Favorite Music Neil Young, Eric Clapton & co, Yes, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, Chopin, At The Drive In, Feist, Kanye, Muddy Waters, Rush, Genesis, Jackson Browne, The Who and Pete Townshend, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles (when it rains), Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson, Talib Kweli, Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Little Feat, Johnny Cash, Common, Oh-My-God-Hov
Favorite Books Personal Favorites: Faulkner, Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky, bell hooks, Angela Davis, Daniel Berrigan, Twain, Thoreau, The Marrow of Tradition, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Diet for a Small Planet, La Divina Commedia, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass An American Slave Written By Himself, Jodi Picoult, Ender's Game series, Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, Carlos Castaneda's don Juan books, Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, good old "Call me Ishmael", poetry of all sorts including but by no means limited to: the Good Grey Poet (Walt is my religion), Marge Piercy, Carl Sandburg, Yusef Komunyakaa, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Naomi Shihab Nye, Elizabeth Bishop, Charles Bukowski, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Billy Collins, Pablo Neruda, the father of the beat poets and the original bohemian: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Emily Dickinson, W.H. Auden. . . Reading/Writing Educator Resources: Nancie Atwell's In The Middle; Lessons that Change Writers; Naming the World & The Reading Zone, Kylene Beers' When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do, Chris Tovani's I Read It But I Don't Get It, Janet Allen's Yellow Brick Roads, Linda Christensen's Reading Writing and Rising Up, Jessica Singer's Stirring Up Justice: Reading and Writing to Change the World, Beers/Probst Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice, Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, . . . For All Educators: Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Education for Critical Consciousness & Letters to Those Who Dare Teach, John Dewey's Experience and Education & Democracy and Education, Jonathan Kozol's Death at an Early Age & The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America, James W. Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, Teaching With Fire

What spells can you cast with magic markers?

Bright red-colored spells that can wound children's consciousness for life, and spells that can convince them that they are capable of achievements beyond their wildest dreams. It's not the marker itself, but who wields it. . . kinda like those ruby slippers. . .