Four Days in the Life of a Substitute Teacher

This week I spent four days with a group of eighth graders in an urban school, substitute teaching for various members of their teaching team.  The first two days I stood in for the social studies teacher.  Then I stood in for a math teacher.  Finally, I played reading teacher.  To say the experience wasRead more

Miss, I don’t understand this…

The other day, I taught an eighth grade math class as a guest teacher (or substitute teacher, if you prefer that term). Ninety percent of the students in the class spoke a language other than English, so a paraeducator was in the class with us. Their assignment for the day was to complete a pre-testRead more

The Business of Education

By the time you read this, President Obama will have given his jobs speech to a joint session of Congress. I hope that his jobs plan includes funds to hire more teachers. I have to admit that I do not like thinking of schools in these terms, but today the profitability of schools appears toRead more

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