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A Day in the Life of a an Inner-City School Teacher


Before I even open my eyes, I hear my phone buzz with a new text.

“hey do we hv skool 2day?” 

It’s from one of my student advisees. The text amazes me--why would we not have school? Also, I am always hyper-aware of the number of days we have until the next day off, which, in this case, is 4 school days left until break.

“Yes,” I respond.  “Please remember to bring a note from your mom for your absences all last week.”

“Ok thnks.  I hv a headache and Bad Stomach.  Mom wants me to ask you if you think I shld cme to skool 2day.”

Really? I am not the mother here.

I don’t respond. They’ll figure it out.

In between shower and coffee, I remember I need to download a video clip of a play onto my laptop while I’m still at home, since YouTube is blocked at school. This is a play we’re studying in class, and it would be really beneficial to have the students hear and see this famous movie actor they admire playing the lead role.  I wish tickets were less expensive or I’d try to take them to see it, being performed right here in New York City. But there’s no money for that in our budget so a video clip will have to do.  When I tried this yesterday it froze and there went my lesson.