Archive | June, 2009

Is Teaching a Craft?

I read this article in the New Yorker today and it made me wonder about how the "slow food," artisan, or craft movement apply to teaching, to our work. I listened to Michael Pollan the other night, author of In Defense of Food, and thought, again, how much he is talking about teaching despite the […]

Talking About My…Your…Their Generation

I have begun considering the role generational differences (and similarities) play between teachers, students, and their parents. Most of what I have read lately suggests the differences between the three generations (listed below), especially between the Boomers and Xers and those in the Net Generation are particularly complicated and, at times, problematic. I will write […]

Who We Teach: A Statistical Portrait

I have been digging in all week–but especially all day today–to learn more about the kids we teach now and will teach in the future based on emerging trends. Here is what I learned today: When I began teaching in 1989, the Internet was not available, cell phones were for the wealthy, and cable television […]

Improving One Thing at a Time

Every summer, with the previous school year just concluded and the next year visible on the horizon, I choose one area to focus on improving for the coming year. We cannot get better at everything all at one time. Besides, we need the time to recover, to recreate ourselves through work of our own choosing […]

Notes from the Road

I have been traveling around the country since school let out on May 31st. I have been to small towns in Indiana and big cities in Connecticut and Wisconsin, traveled to the suburbs of Sacramento and Indianapolis, and ventured into the metropolis of Los Angeles where high schools are often several times larger in population […]

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