Archive for June, 2013

I'm in a Movie (Seriously)

Believe it, Bro. I, Cornelius Minor, am Batman.

I’m in a Movie (Seriously)

June 10, 2013  |  Culture, Teaching  |  12 Comments

Last year filmmaker, Vivienne Roumani-Denn, followed me around NYC. Our adventures together became a small part of her recent documentary on literacy in the 21st century. The resulting film, Out of Print, had a decently successful run at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it is playing now in festivals around the country.

If you want too much Cornelius in your life, (or if you don’t have enough) go see this movie. Here is the info:

To all my students, there is a killer fight scene in the movie where I fight Superman, and WIN! — okay, SIKE… not really. 100% of the movie is me and other people loving books, but you should still go see it.


Step Your Nerd Game Up

This is how we do things in MisterMinor's neighborhood!

Step Your Nerd Game Up

June 10, 2013  |  Culture, Teaching, VIrtual Book Club  |  No Comments

Someone just asked me what I’m doing this summer.

My answer was this:

Reading Books for Adults:
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang – This book is a living history of EVERYTHING that exists now. If you know anyone under 45, read this book. It puts our existence in the appropriate cultural context.
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – If you love, nurture, teach, are, or have had your life changed by a nerd of color, read this book.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin – Vampires exist because of a government conspiracy. Farfetched? Last week we thought Obama reading your text messages was science fiction.
  • Reamde by Neal Stephenson – Video game players and midwestern farmers team up to topple terrorism in the most brilliantly stylish way you have ever imagined.
Reading Books for Kids:

What I'm doing this summer.

What I’m doing this summer.

  • No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Nelson – This book is a testament to why the pen is in fact mightier than the sword… or sexism or racism. Words matter.
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger – Star Wars. The hottest thing in 1978 is now the hottest thing out right now.
  • Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz – Blow your mind awesome adventure goodness!
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Vol. 1-3 by Brian Michael Bendis – Spider Man. In Brooklyn. Enough said.
Reading Books for Teaching:
  • Urban Science Education for the Hip-Hop Generation by Christopher Emdin – Science is the new black.
  • Clock Watchers: Six Steps to Motivating and Engaging Disengaged Students Across Content Areas by Stevi Quate & John McDermott – You can’t teach a kid that does not want to be there. Don’t just make them want to be there. Make them belong there.
  • Fearless Voices: Engaging a New Generation of African American Adolescent Male Writers by Alfred Tatum – As class and real-estate re-segregate education, saying, “I teach public school.” means “I teach brown kids.” This is your guide.
  • Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by bell hooks – She affirms why we all became teachers, and gives us even more tools to be the best that we can for children.

Basically, I’m upping my nerd status. In a major way.

– Corn

The end is near. Prepare for it.

The last day of school... Finally.

The end is near. Prepare for it.

June 5, 2013  |  Teaching  |  33 Comments


We were trending tonight! Teachers rule.

We were trending tonight! Teachers rule.

The chat was an amazing success! Thanks to everyone that “attended”. We were one of the top ten trends on Twitter Monday night. Yes, a group of teachers made more noise online than the new XBox AND the new Kanye West album. We’ve got a movement building here, and I’m honored to be a part of it.

Here is the entire transcript. In it are links to all the resources that people mentioned. Over the next few days, I’ll put more online. Thanks again!


As I’ve crisscrossed the country this month, all of my teachers are asking me the same thing: “It’s June. How do I get these kids away from me ready for summer?”

I’ve got answers, but I’m not the only one! I’ve heard and experienced so many brilliant ideas for helping kids to make the most of the last days of school as we transition into summer.

I’ll be hosting a twitter chat on Monday June 10, 2013 to discuss many of these ideas and to share resources for closing up shop, summer assignments, and things that you can do to keep yourself sharp so that you will be in good position for a productive and pain-free fall term.

My twitter handle is @MisterMinor and I’ll be using the hashtag #TCRWPcoaching You will be able to find me online from 8:30 – 9:30 PM EST (Sorry, Shanghai and Singapore). I hope to see you there… There could be special guests and prizes!

Feel free to post in the comments below with anything that you would like for me to address or resources that you want me to share!