Jeremy Glazer

Jeremy Glazer is a former high school teacher, and that rare breed–a Miami native. He has identified himself as a “future hall-of-famer” on his phone message, but he says he hasn’t decided yet which hall of fame, or what his achievement will be. Glazer’s story “Home” was one of the winners of our unpublished writers contest. Since then, he has been a regular fiction contributor to Under the Sun. The short story, “Dolphins, Oysters, and Crabs” is Glazer’s most recent contribution.  His work has also appeared in 34th Parallel and The Avatar Review. 

Education Essay
7:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Essay: What A Teacher Score Doesn't Tell Us

Teachers get a number score with the state's value-added model.
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I finally know my worth as a teacher—and now that the “value-added model” scores mandated by our state legislature are public, everyone else knows, too.  

I’m a 37.5.

But, I have no idea what that number means. 

Along with my 37.5, I was told I’m “highly effective” and given a $230 bonus. In case you’re wondering, that’s about half what the average teacher spends of his or her own money on school supplies per year.  

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4:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

How To Teach Brown V. Board To A Class Of All Black Students

Sixty years after the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, not all classrooms reflect the dream of desegregation.
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Here’s a question: How do you teach a class of all black students in an all-black school that Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation decades ago?

That isn’t a hypothetical question, but one I remember clearly asking myself. I was teaching American History for the first time in one of our nation’s many embarrassingly homogeneous schools. I could not, with a straight face, teach my students that segregation had ended.  They’d think that either they or I didn’t know what the word segregation meant.   

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StateImpact Florida
12:17 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Why Teachers Leave The Classroom

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 1:57 pm

We all agree that every student should have good teachers.

I think we also agree that there are three ways to improve the teaching force:

    • We must get “bad” teachers who cannot or will not improve out of the classroom

    • We must help “mediocre” teachers improve.

    • We must keep “good” teachers in the classroom.

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StateImpact Florida
5:12 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: How Teachers Find Success From Failure

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:37 am

Editor’s note: Names of students and teachers have been changed.

Knowing we were going to be talking about former students, Lisa Perry told me she got out some letters she had saved and read through them.  The exercise inspired her to get in touch with four of her students from over 20 years ago.  (“Facebook is a wonderful thing,” she told me.)

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11:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Little Books, Big Statement

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:00 pm

Ms. Roberts left teaching ten years ago, but she remembers very clearly a day in class that changed her and her students.

It was her first year and she was teaching English to over two hundred kids a day in Room 100, also known as “the Pit.”  The name came from the fact that her class was where several other Language Arts teachers had transferred challenging students.

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8:08 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: What Silicon Valley Tells Us About Evaluating Performance

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Are search engines really more complicated than children?

That question occurred to me last week when the annual earnings report for Yahoo! came out and it became clear that CEOs are cut a lot more slack than teachers are.

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11:11 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Helping Students Find Their Voice

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:35 am

Henry Rodriguez had a lot of ideas as a young, energetic teacher.  He wanted to make his civics class relevant and to help his students be more aware of what was going on in the world.  One of his ideas involved requiring his kids to watch a brief news program every morning for the whole year.

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8:07 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: A Student, On The Value A Teacher Added

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 2:45 pm

While most of these stories about the values teachers add come from the teacher’s point of view, I thought it would be interesting to hear one from a student.

Benny Rawlings went to a middle school in Miami.

“It was not a great school,” he said. “There were hallways you couldn’t walk down.  You either had to find somewhere to hide or find strength in numbers.”

This environment was part of the reason that Benny joined a gang.

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9:53 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Classroom Comtemplations: Lessons After The School Day Ends

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 8:30 am

Madame Logan is a retired high school French teacher. She was filled with stories of former students who had contacted her to tell her of the effects she had on them.

Most of these effects were, at best, indirectly related to the French they had learned in her class.

One of her students is now a film critic, and he said the the foreign films he watched on French class trips (this was before DVD players when Madame Logan took students to an actual movie theater near the school) contributed to his career choice.

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11:04 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: Overlooking The Value Of Veteran Teachers

Originally published on Thu July 11, 2013 12:15 pm

A student went home to complain to her mom about Mattie Williams, her social studies teacher. The mother went straight out to the school for a conference.

To the mother’s surprise, she found herself sitting face-to-face with her own former teacher from a generation before at the same high school (Williams had since taken on a married last name).

Whatever she was now called, Williams remained a teacher who demanded respect.

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Classroom Contemplations
12:09 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Why Relying On Tests Only Reinforces Bad Behavior In Schools

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:00 am

There are some real perils to systems which try to reduce teacher performance to a single number, such as many of our new “value-added” formulas.

The first is that whatever you decide to measure — and, implicitly or explicitly reward — is what you are going to get.

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Classroom Contemplations
11:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Classroom Contemplations: The Teaching That Evaluations Ignore

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 11:22 am

One of the things I want to do through this series is to expand the discussion of a teacher’s value. We cannot let the worth of teachers be defined narrowly by the test scores of their students.  We need to consider all of the different ways teachers have positive impacts on the lives of their students before we choose the criteria with which we judge who is doing a good job as a teacher and who is not.

One of the best ways to do this is to hear from teachers themselves.

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8:50 am
Sat January 19, 2013

WLRN Fiction: Piñata

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The following is original fiction by Jeremy Glazer. Jeremy is a regular WLRN contributor. 

Every year, on his birthday, for the last twenty-three years, Robert Simmons called the number.


But no one had ever answered before.

“Hello, Robert’s Western Wear,” the voice says, in mock cowboy accent dissolving into a cascade of giggles.

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Under the Sun
4:20 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Fiction: Dolphins, Oysters And Crabs

Claudio Baglietto

Jeremy Glazer writes about that weird liminal space between high school graduation and supposed adulthood. It’s set against the backdrop of Key Biscayne. Glazer is a Miami native who lives and writes on Miami Beach. He can be reached at

Click on the player above to listen to Glazer’s latest work of original fiction.

The songs you heard in this piece were “Aurora” and “Comienzos” by Miami band Arboles Libres.

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