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Great Moments in Teaching: When It Had to Be You

Teachers who work with a large population of Asian students occasionally describe a student as “not getting the memo”.  High achieving or just hard working, the bulk of eastern and southern Asians all got the word: school is important. Taio, who has been in my ELD class for a year or so, is a tall, […]

Great Moments in Teaching: The Charge

Friday, two weeks from the end of school, and it’s rally schedule: chop off fifteen minutes from each block for a screaming session in the gym. It’s fourth block, my trig class, and although I try not to have favorites, this semester has been a bit low on students with energy and ability. But even […]

Great Moments in Teaching: From Dead Animals to Disney

ESL this year hasn’t been particularly enjoyable, unlike last year, which troubled me ideologically but was a joy to teach. I am primarily challenged by a hard truth: my students simply aren’t interested in learning English. In fairness, they’ve had a tough year, the details of which I won’t share. When I arrived, they weren’t […]

Great Moments in Teaching: Or, Browbeating Psychoanalysis

One of my strengths as a test prep instructor was spotting weird mental glitches that was interfering with a student’s success. I miss this part of the job, but every so often I get the chance in classroom teaching.  In this case, summer school trigonometry. I taught first semester in block 1, second semester in […]

Great Moments In Teaching: The Third Dimension (part II)

In our last episode, the class was engaged in sense-making, thinking aloud, arguing aloud, just plain being loud, at the math behind this sketch: “So up to now we’ve spent a lot of time in the coordinate plane thinking about lines. In the two-dimensional plane, x is an input and y is an output. A […]

Great Moments in Teaching: The Third Dimension (part I)

“How many other dimensions are there?” “Well, four, according to Einstein, and five according to Madeline L’Engle, if you’ve read A Wrinkle in Time.” “I have!” Priya’s hand shot up. “It’s a tesseract!” I was impressed. Not many girls read that classic anymore. “But we’re going to stick to three dimensions.” “Isn’t real life three […]

Great Moments in Teaching: When Worlds Collide

I’m on vacation! I actually took a whole half day off to add to my spring break, spent a couple days with my grandkids (keep saying the phrase, it will get more real in a decade or three), then embarked on an epic road trip through the northwest. My goal to write more posts is […]

What I did in January instead of writing

Until 10:00 Thursday night, I really thought I’d get in one post. But then I fell asleep. Making January the only month in the seven years of this blog that I didn’t get in a single post. I shoot for four. Half the time I make three.  But every month I make one or two. […]

2016: Five Years On….and then Trump

Having done three posts in a week–no small task for this slow writer–I was going to abandon a retrospective post this year. My traffic is down, and while I’m not concerned, I thought eh, no reason to write about it. But I’ve written a retrospective every year. I started this blog on January 1, 2012 […]

Encyclopedia of Ed, Part III: Teaching

My teaching essays comprise the biggest chunk of writing on the site. Some of the essays are above, in the Cognitive Ability section, but most of it is here. Teacher Compensation, Credentialing, Training The Shibboleths of Tenure Haters Coaching Teachers What Can We Blame Teacher Unions For? In Which Ed Explains Induction Teaching Oddness #2: […]