About Me

burke_ec_image-12I teach Senior English at Burlingame High School where I have worked since 1992.

I tell my students that their job is to find a question or problem they want to spend their life trying to answer or solve. How to prepare seniors for whatever comes next–that’s my question, that’s the problem I think about.

I share what I learn from my students and fellow teachers through the books I write. My books are published by Heinemann, Corwin, and, most recently, W. W. Norton.

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Every day, I go into the classroom committed to getting it right, doing it better––but knowing that I will only discover new ways to fumble, fail, and, of course, learn. My most important teachers are and always have been my students.