Category :Teaching

School begins tomorrow. One hundred new 8th graders will show up in my classroom. The official title of the class is US History, but the real instruction concerns teaching adolescents how to live. This is difficult, and a teacher must compete with all sorts of noise that diverts the attention of teenagers. Cell phones for … Read more

I wandered over to Karen Howes’ place and found this. A teacher myself for 17 years in three countries, I was not surprised. The teaching profession in the US is by and large controlled by liberals. And liberals are not amused when one of their colleagues happens to have a political opinion outside of the … Read more

I have been teaching for 17 years, and yet always I forget how much there is to do before students and teachers scatter thither and yon for summer. Now begins the final week of school. A short summary of things yet undone: grades, graduation, 8th grade activities, parent conferences, yearbook signing, book collection, supply lists, … Read more

Today I am off with my 8th grade Academic Team for an all day competition at the state level. It was hard work with hours of practice and competing to make it this far. We have had to go against schools three and four times our size. And we are a slice of America—the kids … Read more

An archeologist, while rummaging among the ruins of our fallen civilization, met a ghost from the long dead race of Americans. The wraith boasted much about what we had been as a people. We died in the hundreds of thousands to end slavery here and around the world. We invented Jazz. We wrote the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, … Read more

Spring Break is here. This means that teachers from sea to shining sea have 9 days to indulge themselves in doing things far and away from hordes of squealing adolescents. Mere mortals have no idea what spending 50 hours every week seeing to the needs of 300 teenagers does to a normal man. Some teachers … Read more

An unpleasant virus has swept through the school where I teach. One-fifth of the students and not a few teachers were laid low. It strikes first at the lungs and then takes hold of the entire body. I succumbed, alas, but did not miss any school. I will drag myself to work today and then … Read more

These are very busy times at work. Stacks of essays to correct, many Academic Bowl competitions to attend, legions of 8th graders to herd—there is not enough time in the day. And no time to write, alas. Christians are told that in times that this we are to pray that God magnify our hours. I … Read more

The usual workday for a reasonably competent teacher lasts from around 6:30 AM until 4 PM. The reason is simple: grading. To do it right you must spend hour upon hour every week doing it. There is simply no escape from this. Numbers tell. I have 90 students. Every homework assignment, every quiz, every exam, … Read more

Tomorrow I am back to teaching after the Thanksgiving break. But lest none think I was simply sitting around eating, drinking and making merry, I also took an exam. You answered 33 out of 33 correctly — 100.00 % Average score for this quiz during November: 77.8% Average score: 77.8% It was the second time … Read more