Kathleen Melville

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Kathleen Melville teaches English, Spanish and playwriting at a small public high school in Philadelphia. A graduate of Swarthmore College, her degree is in English and education. Her teaching career includes two years at a bilingual school in Guatemala City and two years at a small Friends school for students with learning differences. She is also a teaching consultant with the Philadelphia Writing Project and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.

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Phone Calls Cross Boundaries Tiffany and Ivy had missed a lot of school. Most recently, Tiffany had been absent for more than a week. Ivy showed up every other day. Their answers...
Students Struggle to Fit in Small Classroom I only noticed the conflict when a chair came crashing to the floor. In a writing intensive class of 30 students, I had become accustomed to...
Peer Perspective Challenges Stereotypes On a recent field trip, I found Nashley and Bersabeh in a quiet corner of the library, sharing both a chair and a book. For an English teacher, this...
A Sheet Protector Taught Me to Hear I hate sheet protectors.  Those shiny, clear plastic sheaths have no place in my classroom.  When my new ninth-graders hand in their summer...
Culture: A View of the Self My ninth-grade Spanish students resisted my assignment to write about their cultures. “My family doesn’t have any cultural traditions,” one said. “...
Supporting Cross-Cultural Friendships When I was growing up, most of my friends were a lot like me. We looked a lot alike, lived in similar neighborhoods and rarely questioned the racial...
Question the American Dream America is a place where hard work will move you ahead. Here, you can  go further than your parents did and provide your children with more than...
Making a ‘Thousand Decisions a Day’ Whenever I see a movie about teachers, I get a little nervous. I wonder how my profession will be represented. I’m always curious, but usually...
Student Plays Get Discussion Rolling on Race I do a lot of things in my classroom to teach, manage and assess my students. Countless assignments, procedures and projects are designed to keep the...
Coffee House Opens Door to Unity I remember the times when I gave up and foughtWhen I succumbed to the jokes and tauntsReverting to the man I once was, violent and stupid,But I won’t...