In the Classroom, Personal Life

Reading the room

   Master teachers, when mentoring their newest crop, always zoom in on the power of reading and reacting to the energy levels of the classroom. As a teacher, you have a great deal of control over the students' energy levels. When it's low, it's a good idea to get students to move around and do… Continue reading Reading the room

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What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

Lately, there has been a switch from English classes focused on critical readings, mini-lessons and writing workshops to standardized composition courses. My latest visit with my former English teacher left me with a palatable sense that he feels his freedom is gone and he's now trapped. The times when he would scour first his home… Continue reading What happens when you let students and teachers be free?

In the Classroom, Legal Stuff!

What is the foundation of your job?

It's important to have existential crises sometimes. When authors come and use a sledgehammer on society's institutions, it makes me wonder: What is the foundation for my work? What can be stripped from it and still be recognizable? In The Trial, Franz Kafka presents us with a simple premise: What if someone got arrested without… Continue reading What is the foundation of your job?

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Give it up for flexible seating!

It's sometimes too easy to criticize the state of education and so I want to  mix things up with a positive educational trend: flexible seating. I'm writing on the subject in the hope that it becomes the norm rather than a novelty. The benefits I see to flexible seating come from my experience as a… Continue reading Give it up for flexible seating!