Test Gatekeeping

This was written sometime between March and April of 2009. As part of our practicum, we have to do an observation of a fellow student, write up an observation, and then write a reflective response to each other’s observation. My fellow student observed me give an exam to my students and was surprised, but highly […]

When Schools Get Political, What Should Teachers Do?

Rick Hess: Politically, nothing is more potent or poignant than the picture of a child’s face at a hearing or protest. Which is why adults in the system must wield their influence with great care. Hess’s cautionary tale of schools involving students in their political agendas reminded me of my own experience with this institutional […]

Self-Concept and Lowered Expectations

I’ve been writing a few pieces on and off, trying to get focused, and suddenly I thought of Darryl Yong. I’d forgotten his name, but I just googled “professor teaches high school math”. Darryl Yong, a math professor at Harvey Mudd, decided to teach for a year. He didn’t teach calculus, he taught algebra and […]

Ed School Writing: The Tyranny of Raised Hands

This was also written about five years ago, during my literacies class. It wasn’t an assignment, but something I wrote for my blog, a writeup of a class experience. While this may seem much ado about nothing, the issue of calling on students is a big deal today. For example, Explicit Direct Instruction orders teachers […]