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I’ve been out of the classroom for just over two months now* and I still teach online as an adjunct. I’m certainly not anti-technology; in fact, technological connectivity is what has allowed me to move to a rural area and pursue my dual passions of outdoor recreation and teaching. But as I’m occupied with the … Continue reading Tech Hype: The Thing I Miss Least About Teaching
(Following is the text of a little chapel talk I was asked to give to an upper school community). First, a translation: Esse quam videri means “to be, rather than to seem.” We might also say, “To be rather than to appear to be,” or “value the authentic over the superficial”. It’s a great motto … Continue reading On Being and Seeming
Watching a time-management TED talk recently, I had the opportunity to reflect on the overlap between the speaker’s perspective and some challenges I've noticed in the classroom this autumn, in particular our culture's seemingly diminishing capacity to engage in empathetic understanding and how best to encourage that understanding in students. The TED speaker was Laura … Continue reading Empathy and Time Management
I was asked to contribute a little talk to a school assembly on the theme of being an outsider, so this is what I said: One late-summer Saturday when I was about twenty-two years old, I found myself standing at the checkout counter of a grocery store in rural Missouri, feeling very suddenly and … Continue reading On Being an Outsider
A colleague recently mused aloud about how much homework to assign his students over the winter holiday break. I blurted out the only sensible reply that came to mind: “Good heavens: none!" I will likely do a bit of grading and planning over the break, but that’s my job; it’s why I get the big bucks … Continue reading Six Things To Do Over Winter Break Besides Schoolwork
Anyone evaluating the role of Advanced Placement (AP) history in a high school curriculum ought to consider the following questions: What are the central aims of a good history class? What sort of history class would you want to take? What should the promotion of critical thinking and intellectual rigor look like in a history … Continue reading AP History: The Wrong Kind of Rigor