Amy Issadore Bloom

A Special Flash Essay

I’m honored this piece was included in Gargoyle Magazine #71; a publication with forty-four years of heart, soul, and talent.  The Rose Ann, a first grader, came bouncing into my classroom in her pink Hello Kitty sneakers. “Happy Valentine!” she exclaimed with a slight trace of a Korean accent. She handed me a fake red […]

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Saying Goodbye to DC

Inclusion Comes Home Here is my final ‘First Person’ column for the Virginia Journal of Education.  After five years, it’s time for me to pass the torch to another educator and writer.  I look forward to finding a new home for my writing. “Come give me a hug!” Zaveah commands when Justin enters the classroom. She has, at only four […]

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Get Involved

I’m dedicating this VEA piece to the parents of  the Lower NW DC Education Collective – for their efforts to improve the quality of education in public school, and speaking up for those who haven’t found their advocacy voice yet. What Luke Didn’t Tell Me Luke greeted me almost daily, wherever and whenever he spotted […]

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Moonwalking with Peter

Originally published in the Virginia Journal of Education, 2012  Peter got up in the middle of Writing Workshop to show us his Michael Jackson impression—complete with the crotch-grabbing. All in all, it wasn’t that bad. You could tell he practiced it a lot. But it was highly inappropriate in our seventh grade literature class and, […]

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The Truth

My column from the April issue of the Virginia Journal of Education- To Tell The Truth Is a little fibbing really that bad?     

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Spring Cleaning

April, 2013 Every season, I switch my closet out. In the spring, I put my winter sweaters in a big blue bin, and it goes into the storage space until the weather turns cold again. I try to purge, and create piles. Donate, consign, trash – just like those clear the clutter books recommend. I’ve […]

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Silent

In the November issue of the Virginia Journal of Education – my story about Joonbum, the student who never spoke. Read it here.    

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Narratives from the Classroom

My latest piece for the Virginia Journal of Education is out. It’s a small dent in a larger conversation. You can read it here: Demographics Change; So Must We

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Narratives from the Classroom

My latest article for for the Virginia Journal of Education is out. Pass it along to a teacher in your life! HANDLE WITH CARE

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Improv Everywhere!

I recently listened to a TED talk by Charlie Todd, the creator of Improv Everywhere. “Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” Check out one of my favorite videos here. Trust me. It will make your day.

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