Intolerable Tolerance

Last month, Cards Cook received a several thousand dollar grant to fight homelessness in Portland. Oregon Food Bank gave the CC (Cards Cook) team the money to set up a “solutions feast” where people in the homeless community come and discuss how to fix this problem. Since then, I have been racking my brain, searching […]

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Field Trips

Photo of my class recently at a field trip. We visited Portland Juice Company. PJC is a cold pressed juice business run by women working to increase the health of Portlanders. They have a location on the Nike Campus where they sell out almost every day.  

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In 1997, Steve Jobs famously said in an interview with Businessweek Magazine “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” I have found this to be true. When I was starting Cards Cook, I asked my friends and classmates if they would be interested in participating one […]

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Knowing when not to fold

One of the best things that I have been learning over the past several months as a teacher has been figuring out when to take advice and when to not listen to others. Most of the time, it’s the latter. I got an email three weeks into class from a student who wasn’t liking the […]

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Stubborn absence

Three people have left my class since I started teaching, and it’s all my fault.   The first person left because I was too stubborn. I am trying to work on this personality trait, as I feel like it is very challenging to get right. There is a fine line that must be towed when […]

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On Gender

Scanning through the faces of the students staring at me, I try to address everyone equally – as any professional teacher would. Yet even with my teacher’s hat on, I can’t help but notice a divide within my class. 22 kids walk into room 236 every A day at 1:48. There are 8 girls and […]

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