Tales from Tenacious Teachers

The STD ate my homework, and other classic chronicles from the classroom.

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Life and Death on the Oregon Trail

When a perennially pleasant third-grade teacher invents a game that blends Dungeons & Dragons with The Oregon Trail, the mood in her classroom turns fun, then deadly serious.

The 9/11 of Absence Excuses

New York’s darkest day, a disruptive student’s comic antics are just too much to bear. But eighteen months later, her tormented teacher gets the last laugh.

Crying in Prison Bathrooms

From gangster rap puppet theater to teenage porn addicts, an eager young post-grad discovers the joys of teaching at a juvenile prison.