I know, I know…this is an article about parenting, but hear me out. Patenting in our contemporary society is hard. Not just because of the difficulties of raising a child, but also because of all of the unfair expectations put on parents. I think the same thing can be applied to teachers. Teaching has always been a thankless profession in the US, but now there are so many extras tacked on to our teaching day. Parents are expected to make beautiful bento boxes and keep a family blog with professional grade pictures. Teachers are expected to differentiate, do child studies, integrate technology, collaborate between core classes… you see my point.
Teaching is harder than ever and we cannot forget that we cannot fairly compare our experience to the teachers who came before us. We are never failing as teachers as long as we are doing the best we can to benefit our students. While this is most appropriate for English teachers, I think anyone who has ever been a part of the education system (even a student) will enjoy this Onion article.
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This is not a new video, but my husband reminded me of it recently.It is disheartening when students seem to only care about what they are going to be tested on. It takes away from the learning process and makes it difficult to engrain in students a love of the content. John Green’s words will be used to relay this fact to my students in the very near future.
My students do not understand reference books. AT ALL. I remember the best days in class were when we would spend the entire period in the reference room looking up information. In which John Green concludes the Crash Course Literature mini-series with an examination of the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Sure, John explores the creepy biographical details of Dickinson’s life, but he also gets into why her poems have remained relevant over the decades. John discusses Dickinson’s language, the structure of her work, her cake recipes. He also talks about Dickinson’s famously eccentric punctuation, which again ends up relating to her cake recipes. Also, Dickinson’s coconut cake recipe is included. Also, here are links to some of the poems discussed in the video: