Archive for May, 2009

Final Blog of the Year

Some of you may have heard already that I will not be back at Thurgood Marshall next year.  I am in the process of interviewing at a school in Oakland, and chances are that is where I will be next year.  For you final blog I want you to write a letter to my future students telling what to expect if they have me as a teacher.  I want your blog to be in a letter format.  Start with:

Dear Student of Ms. Traverso,

You may choose to answer some, all or none of the following questions.

  1. The best thing about having Ms. Traverso as a teacher is . . .
  2. The hardest thing about having Ms. Traverso as a teacher is . . .
  3. One thing you must always remember to do in Ms. Traverso’s class is . . .
  4. When Ms. Traverso is angry you should . . .
  5. You can tell when Ms. Traverso is happy when . . .
  6. If you want to succeed in Ms. Traverso’s class you need to . . .

Add anything else that could be helpful to potential students (And I will have them read you letters, so be appropriate.)


Your Name

Your Grade


As always 250 words.


Blog Prompt #10

In 1968, Jane Elliot, a teacher in a small all white town in Iowa, divided her third grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed groups to teach them about discrimination.  Watch the video “A Class Divided.”

What is your initial reaction to this video?  What does this video say about racism and the efects it can have on people who experence racism?

WARNING: You will see young white children use the “n-word”.  If you are offended good, it’s offensive.

Blog Prompt #9

Define religion.  Is it a part of your life?  Why or why not?  How can and does religion affect society both positively and negatively?

Blog Prompt #8

In the last few weeks of the school year we will be exploring a different form of publishing, self publishing, specifically zines.  For this blog I want you to do two things.

1. Look up the definition of Zine (use either a dictionary service or wikipedia).  Answer the question: What is a zine?

2. Go to the website and look for examples of zines.  Find two zines that you would be interested in reading.  Tell me what they are and why they look interesting to you.

As always 200-250 word minimum.  Writing more is always encouraged.

Blog Prompt #7

Watch the clip from “A Girl Like Me” (it can also be found on  Why do the children  choose one baby as the good baby and one as the bad baby?  Where did they learn this?  How do you think the children view themselves?  How will this affect their level of self respect and self love when they get older?  How does  society and the world we live in affect the reactions of the children?  What does it say about our society?  (At least 250 words)