teaching

How I Stumbled Into Teaching In The Arts

September 26, 2012
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I can talk to kids all day. They interest me. They will never pretend to like you. For that I am forever grateful.

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Teacher as Midwife

April 18, 2012
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You want to have an open sesame for every soul you encounter. You want something to open in them and for them, and when you are at your best, you don’t care if they ever say thank you.

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The other thing grammar is good for

January 24, 2011
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Grammar can be a brutal, brutal thing.

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Accident and Inspiration: Waking up from a Comma

March 14, 2010
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This is not my first year of teaching high school English, but it is my first year teaching at one of Portland, Oregon’s lowest-achieving high schools. There is much to say about my students’ backgrounds that might explain their sub-standard reading and writing: they come from a variety of places, including the mountains of Southeast […]

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