Archive for March, 2010

I’ve been thinking about how high schools prepare us for grown-up life recently. I’ve been wrestling with the idea of becoming a high school teacher, but there are certain aspects I can’t seem to overcome, such as the seemingly small role that a teacher plays in someone’s life. Perhaps a bit of background will sort […]


The New York Times published an article in their magazine this past weekend titled “Building a Better Teacher“. The article outlines the task of placing better teachers in classrooms. The trouble comes in when defining “better teachers”. What makes a good teacher? In the US, the yardstick for “good” teaching seems to be standardized testing, […]


Everyone hates this dream. I have this dream frequently, except it’s always a test that I’m writing. For most students, tests are a stress-filled nuisance and once the test is done, most of the knowledge acquired over the days, weeks, months in preparation quickly exits the brain and leaves the head (through the ears, if […]