I think it is about time I get back up on The Wire.
Since December, this site has been as quiet as the wire after the Season 1 stash-house raid. In fact, I haven’t written a word since September. All of this site’s content came from two months of focused writing from last summer. I had the time required to write over 100 pieces on Season 1 (including many that I have yet to post).
Then a new school year began.
Beyond planning and teaching lessons during the school day, I also have a huge grading workload from my 12th-grade English class. And that is only my second priority in life…I am also raising two children under the age of two.
I haven’t watched a full episode of The Wire in months.
But now, finally, there is a convergence, some talk on the wire. Next week I will begin teaching a 7-week unit on The Wire. So what better time to resume posting? I will be watching and discussing each episode 5 times over the course of the coming weeks (once to prepare my lessons and once for each of my four sections). It would be a shame to spend all of that time with the show without recording some of my experiences.
My school operates on “A/B Block” scheduling, which means that I meet with each class every other day for roughly 90 minutes (the perfect amount of time to show and discuss one episode). I meet with two of my English classes a day, so I hope to post once per day from Monday through Friday.
These posts won’t have the same format as my Season 1 pieces. They probably won’t be as long or detailed (which, by the way, I will continue to post as well). They will likely be a little more free-form, a collection of shorter observations and insights. To be honest, at this point, I’m not sure what it will be like, but I am excited to teach and learn on both sides of The Wire.
I hope you join me as I once again walk through the garden.