Category Archives: critical thought

A tiny, tiny moment

I got the rare and soul-saving pleasure of witnessing a student wake up to something the other day. I’m doing a unit on trade with 7th grade at the moment. This is following study of different religions, different climates and resources, … Continue reading

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Rookie

I love teaching. I honestly do. I can be having the worst day, and a kid will say something to break it and let some warmth in. I enjoy seeing how their minds work and grow and expand. I like … Continue reading

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Manners Above All

The following took place at the start of my 7th grade class one week. Transcribed as accurately from memory as possible. : Me: Hey, A. That’s a neat drawing. What’s it supposed to be? A: It’s the Kaaba. Continues drawing Me: … Continue reading

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Memory and Questioning

Sometimes, as a teacher, I feel like I am supposed to know everything. Really, I hold a collection of facts and understandings that I can share with my students. But I’ve never been able to memorize dates and names the … Continue reading

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Any questions?

As a student, I loved when we ‘side-tracked’ my teachers: asking them questions and derailing the lesson with something more interesting (to us).  I loved that the questions could be so good that the teacher would lose track of time and … Continue reading

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History/Historia

The scene: Historia class. I’m 12 years old, listening to Dona Susan lecture about something to do with Tiradentes or some other facet of the Brazilian independence. My portuguese is really just not good enough to follow along with the … Continue reading

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Hrm, School.

I’ve been thinking a lot about education (obviously).i was introduced to TED Talks by a friend, and we watched a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on how schools kill creativity, and then another encouraging an education revolution.One of the points … Continue reading

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