Playing the Teaching Game

15-Puzzle Remember these old-school puzzles? You scramble them and then have to move everything to one side to move another over till you get them all in order. This is what our periods feel like: we have to sometimes move everything over there to get that one thing–a lesson on, say, adjective clauses–over here.

It can drive you crazy. Thinking of it as a puzzle, some sort of intellectual, logistical game–how to actually teach writingreadingspeakingthinkingeverything in 40, 50, or 60 minutes.

This is the zen of teaching. Lean into it and laugh along the way.

2 Responses to “Playing the Teaching Game”

  1. Lori Jordan January 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    When you throw in blocked out days for surveys, registration, pictures, assemblies, state tests, and the like, it’s like that puzzle with pieces that have been glued in.

  2. Wanda Oberdorfer February 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    The universal problem of all English departments. I’d love to hear the verdict on what really works.

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