Tag: teaching

An Irresistible Narrative

written by H. Michael Hartoonian Today’s global conflicts are fundamentally struggles over ideas.  The ideas are religious, philosophical, and political, and they form the belief systems of a people….

Let’s Fix the Schools—Really!

written by H. Michael Hartoonian The media appears fond of parading out pundits and “experts,” exclaiming that our public schools are a mess and need fixing. A high…

Education: Obligations of the Profession

written by H. Michael Hartoonian   Athens, itself, is a school where we understand that, Any society that does not educate its warriors to be philosophers, And its…

The Broken Promise

Freedom without Equality and Responsibility written by H. Michael Hartoonian The United States may be ready for a new motto. My recommendation: Freedom, Equality, and Responsibility. The definition…

The Words They Choose: Scenes from My Classroom

  “Anarchy Dr. Beach…Anarchy.” One of the first questions I pose to the freshmen in my American Government & Citizenship class each fall is, ‘what is the purpose/role…

Surround Yourself With the Dreamers: Scenes from My Classroom

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when…

2013: A Year to Remember

The University of Minnesota produced this video to make us proud of our public, land-grant university…and, I am. “The University of Minnesota: Founded in the Faith that Men…

Putting Exceptional back in America: It’s What Great Schools Do

written by H. Michael Hartoonian America is an exceptional place. It is exceptional not because of its landscape, the people, or its wealth, but simply because it is…

The Problem With Boys

written by Todd Beach What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails And puppy-dogs’ tails, That’s what little boys are made of. What are little girls made…

Civic Virtue, School Reform, and the Creation of Real Wealth

written by H. Michael Hartoonian   When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America What have we…

Animal Farm, Technology & Formative Assessment

written by Todd Beach “Obviously he would not have become a famous philosopher had he confined himself purely to listening to others… He just asked questions, especially to…

Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons

written by Todd Beach Have you ever read the book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten?  The author, Robert Fulghum, composed a poem of…

In Defense of ‘Teaching Students How to Write’

written by Todd Beach
special thanks to statistician Randy Bailey
“I could barely understand what the professor was talking about but I was very impressed… I thought teaching was a simple matter of telling the class what you knew and then testing them and giving them grades. Now I was learning how complicated the life of a teacher could be….” (McCourt, 2005:41)[1]

In my recent post, ‘Teaching Students How to Write’, some colleagues articulated skepticism regarding the process used in teaching students writing skills, while others had questions about the validity and reliability of student’s grades since they were provided additional opportunities to correct the deficiencies in their writing. I’d like to address both of these concerns and provide evidence, which defends the practice.

Teaching Students How to Write

How often do you have your students write?  This is one of the many paradoxes teachers struggle with when designing curriculum and instruction.  Since writing is a skill,…

What’s Your Teaching Philosophy?

“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse: however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I will help…

Continuous Improvement

Written by Todd Beach Throughout my career I have appreciated the time during the summer to reflect on my teaching practice from the past year and examine areas…