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What Makes a Good Teacher?

Posted on March 11, 2010 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

I just finished reading "Building a Better Teacher" and I have to say, I feel worried.

I’m worried that people in the business of teaching teachers claim that successful teaching depends partially on an innate ability. The un-teachable teacher…is that not the ultimate oxymoron?

I’ll agree that some people seem to possess natural talent for teaching, but I think…

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Rethinking Grades and Effort

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 10:20am 3 Comments

Should effort be a part of a student's grade?



Earlier this week I attempted to answer this question with a brief response. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that such a big question was deserving of a big response, so here's my long answer.



I think effort is important, REALLY important. The reason that I had such a hard time answering this question is that I really, REALLY think grades are overrated. A good grade might get a child free tokens at the pizza… Continue

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