Free as in Freedom

I was catching up on This American Life today, and heard about the Brooklyn Free School. It sounds great. Having homeschooled (or possibly unschooled?) myself through high school, I like the idea of it. And then I’m confronted with taking attendance for my students, and it feels a little ridiculous.

I am a teacher, I am a student

I think those are the truest self-identifications ever applied to me. Everything else about me is relatively ancillary. Yesterday, I got to take the first steps on actually being a teacher. Today, I got to resume being a student. I’m taking two classes this semester: Syntactic Theory with Barbara Fox, and History of Linguistics in …

First Day

I’ve never understood the Quaker use of First Day for Sunday. It makes sense only if Saturday is your sabbath—He rested on the seventh day, right? However, that’s utterly irrelevant to what I intend to write. Today was the first day of my real graduate student career. I had a TA meeting and attended the …

The Gradge, take II

So, classes, and thus TAing, begin Monday. I’ve been going to some How to TA meetings, and it’s been good. I’ve realized that I have some relevant experience, from explaining ling to my friends all the time, to wrangling classes of 4th graders, to GMing games. As to classes, I remembered that I took a …

Foods

I need to get back in the baking habit; it’s hard when weekends are the only time available for it, and it’s a two-day process.  But beyond that, I want to make pickles, ginger beer, and cheese.  My forays into each have been small. I’m hoping to give some cooking lessons to a few friends …