12-03-13 Curiosity

At the end of one of my photography classes the other day, I asked if there were any questions. During the minute or two that I waited, I was greeted with silence. I told the class that their silence may be due to their shyness, their total understanding of everything I taught, or their confusion….

08-21-13 Harvest, 2013

The Arrow Education Foundation of Watertown, South Dakota, works hard to support public education in Watertown. They depend on donations from people like you (especially if you live in Watertown or have benefited from Watertown Public Schools.) Each year they host a charity fundraiser called “Harvest.” It is a casual, but gala, fall affair. Invitations…

Twentieth Century Classroom

In the early part of the last decade of the twentieth century the overhead projector was pretty high tech for me. Having students present in my AP European History class was something I allowed from time to time. But I generally was the center of the classroom. I call that teachercentrism. I was looking for…

This Is It

On the last day of the first semester of my first year of teaching at Watertown Senior High, a girl raised her hand and said, “Can I ask a personal question?” Curious, I said, “Sure.” “Why were your hands shaking so much on the first day of class?” she asked. I laughed and said, “That’s…

Engaged

Studies show that when children are young, they tend to like school. Kids that age are curious, creative and engaged. By the time the same children are 17, they have changed. As a rule, they aren’t particularly curious about the subjects schools present, they don’t consider themselves creative and many certainly aren’t engaged. Why? As…