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Procrustean Beds and Tutors

There’s a Greek myth that describes a son of Poseidon named Procrustes. He had an iron bed with the imprint of what he considered to be the “proper man.” Rather grimly, Procrustes would capture wavering travelers and force them to conform to that imprint. If they were too short, he would stretch them until they…

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Safe or Beneficial?

I remember overhearing a gentleman in a waiting room venting that someone he knew was meditating, which was obviously (to him) an evil, eastern practice. After half-yelling about that, he went on to talk about the news of the day for about thirty minutes. I couldn’t help but smile to myself at the irony: he…

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We do

Teaching is more than just teaching. It’s about a third of it. If it stopped with teaching, or direct instruction, kids would essentially be information receptacles. Still, I knew as a teacher that I couldn’t just hand them a worksheet and say, “Now that I’ve taught you this, please go ahead and apply it.” Teachers…

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Lesson (re)Learned

There is a teacher shortage in the US, and it’s worse than we thought (of course). According to the U.S. Department of Education, 40+ states in the US report some significant degree of shortage of mathematics teachers in particular, leaving some to question whether the profession is worthwhile. Compounding all things, COVID-19 has also disrupted…

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Games & Review

After college, I taught English online to Chinese students as part time work. From pre-k to high school, I was in front of my computer before dawn talking about prepositions to kids with a wide range of attitudes: some happy to be there, others beaten from a hard day at school only to be forced…

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Recess vs. Tutor

I worked as an apprentice teacher in fifth grade when I began teaching. In the first few weeks, it became apparent that a student, let’s call him Michael, was struggling to read and even felt shameful about the fact. He made it clear that recess was his favorite activity (and P.E. just after that) and…