Since I’m summer teaching, I have just finished up one semester, entered grades, sat through a graduation, and am now starting up another semester. And just for the record, no, there wasn’t a one-week break between the spring and summer … Continue reading The Five Most Important Things I Tell My Students
Yesterday I posted what seemed to me to be a short series of commonsense assertions that don’t even need stating. However, these obvious claims have now been supported by empirical research. The earth-shattering claims made by this research? Earth shattering claim no. … Continue reading Can We Think Clearly about MOOCs?
Lisa Scottoline’s “English Class with Mr. Roth” (May 3, 2014 NYT) recalls the author’s experience as an undergraduate student attending two of Philip Roth’s literature courses at the University of Pennsylvania in the 1970s. Scottoline concludes her essay with this description of the aftereffects Roth’s teaching: Looking back, I’ve come to understand that he was the best professor I ever had, not only because of his genius, but also because of his distance. We were a group of girls eager to please, to guess at what he wanted us to say, and to say that for him. We all wanted … Continue reading Course Observation: Philip Roth
Fabulous letter. And it’s not just about Common Core standards, but about administrative responses to them. The fundamental brokenness of our system comes from the fact that the people making decisions about our educational system actually know nothing about educating students. Pauline Hawkins Dear Administrators, Superintendent, et al.: This is my official resignation letter from my English teaching position. I’m sad to be leaving a place that has meant so much to me. This was my first teaching job. For eleven years I taught in these classrooms, I walked these halls, and I befriended colleagues, students, and parents alike. This school became part … Continue reading My Resignation Letter
We can train hammers, or we can train critical thinkers, or we can train creators. A good education leaves students with the tools to continue learning on their own. Continue reading Noam Chomsky on Education