Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • What Makes a Person a Teacher?

    What Makes a Person a Teacher? A Brief Exploration Into the Future of the Job of the Teacher Last night I had a dream that Ringo Starr came to sub at my school. He taught Cam (one of our Elbow Patch bloggers) to make a finger piano out of disposable spoons, but I didn’t get a chance to see him with students; I was too busy trying to get coverage for a class whose guest teacher hadn’t shown up. I have nothing against Mr. Starr – I’m a bigger Beatles fan than the average person – but I don’t think…

  • When it makes more sense to play baseball inside…

    While I was doing my practicum we had to write journal responses. This is an excerpt from my first month as a student teacher in a classroom: September 29th 2007 “So, AK that’s a very interesting pattern. What is it a pattern of?” Mr. May asked of the student’s title page for the upcoming math unit, patterns. “Well, it’s a bird and then a nest and then an egg and then…” his voice trailed as he began to look up and to the left. “An egg that’s beginning to crack…” Mr. May offered. “And then another bird, so that the…

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