Monthly Archives: May 2016

What Do We Teach?

“At present there are differences of opinion…for all peoples do not agree as to the things that the young ought to learn, either with a view to virtue or with a view to the best life, nor is it clear whether their studies should be regulated more with regard to intellect or to regard to character.”

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

The Weekly Text, May 27, 2016

It’s finally Memorial Day Weekend: I don’t know about you, but I’m glad! That extra day makes all the difference in the world at this time of year. When we return on Tuesday, we’ll start counting down the days to the end of the school year.

This week’s Text offers two learning supports on Rome: the first is a learning support for Roman numerals; the second a chart of Roman deities.

As always, I hope The Weekly Text is helpful to you. If so, I’d appreciate hearing how you used these materials, or how you adapted them.

Until next week….

Education and Social Equity

“Surely there is enough for everyone within this country. It is a tragedy that these good things are not more widely shared. All our children ought to be allowed a stake in the enormous richness of America.”

Jonathon Kozol Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

The Weekly Text, May 20, 2016

As the school year wanes, I’m working on The Weekly Texts for the summer months. I plan a lengthy break from computer screens and keyboards. So, I’ll prepare a bunch of posts, then publish them from my smartphone. If you’re a user of this blog who links through from the AFT’s Share My Lesson Plan sitenota bene that I won’t be able to post material there for much of the summer. You may want to point your browser directly to Mark’s Text Terminal; I’ll post a new Text every Friday throughout the summer.

For this week, here are three context clues worksheets on the words exegesis, exegete and exegetical. If you teach English, and particularly novels, poems etc., these are three words your students, arguably, ought to know. In any case, this trio also shows students something about word roots and morphology, and that can be taught actively, or left for students to infer.

As always, if you find these useful, or adapted them for your use, I’d very much like to hear how or why.

Until next week….

The Virtue of Liberalism

“The noblest aspect of the American liberal tradition is its respect for diversity.”

Theodore R. Sizer (1932-2009)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

Some Confucian Wisdom

“Learning without thought is time lost.”

Confucius

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

What Teachers Really Do

“The teacher’s task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in from of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination, and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning.”

Nathan M. Pusey (1907-2001) as Quoted in The New York Times (1959)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.