Une Génération Perdue: A Review of One Day by David Nicholls

It was Ernest Hemingway who popularized the term, but it was Gertrude Stein who gave him the idea. One day, while conversing about an auto repair gone wrong and how awful young people are these days, Gertrude proclaimed to Ernest that they were all “une génération perdue” – a lost generation. The Great War hadRead more

Which is more important to education: success or failure?

In an interview, I was asked this question, “Is success the most important thing?” I turned to the woman who was interviewing me and smiled “Of course it is important,” I told her, “But it is also important to realize that mistakes are good things. They are learning opportunities.” Without dark, there can be noRead more

The Importance of Research and Practice

Charles Bazerman (2011) wrote an essay for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) about the study of writing from a disciplinary perspective (i.e. how historians write to communicate their theories and research findings). One of the lines from the article stuck with me more than others did. He said that, as he learnedRead more

Why do certain characters fascinate us?

When I read fiction or history, I focus on the characters. The characters’ nature and experiences drive the plot and make it believable. The characters’ interactions create the conflict and lead it to its natural conclusion. If the author does not stay true to the characters, the rest of the elements of a story orRead more

An Ideal Learning Environment

I was asked recently, “If you had your druthers, what would your ideal learning environment be like?”  My response was as you might expect.  I would like to create an environment within my classroom that has the following characteristics: It is intellectually stimulating. It is safe. It has positive energy. It reflects the interests andRead more