Our Love/Hate Relationship with School

I recently read a post over on a friend's blog about his thoughts on Schooling and Our Expectations.  I agree with almost everything he says, but it got me thinking about education and the school system in America (but, honestly, since I'm studying to be a teacher it's not hard to get me thinking about … Continue reading Our Love/Hate Relationship with School

Errors and correction, or What is the purpose of a classroom?

Students make mistakes.  That is the purpose of school, to allow students to make mistakes and be corrected so that they can learn how to do things properly.  But correction is a very delicate thing.  If you correct too much you become the tyrannical dictator of a teacher who expects students to be perfect and … Continue reading Errors and correction, or What is the purpose of a classroom?

Homework, or The necessary evil and why it doesn’t have to be

Homework is such a loaded word, often sending people into apoplectic shock with the memory of school assignments too difficult or numerous to complete.  As students we all dread homework; it becomes just one more way in which school tries to encroach upon our personal life, taking time away from all of the fun things … Continue reading Homework, or The necessary evil and why it doesn’t have to be

Just a note about schedule

Today I started classes again at Brigham Young University.  It was an interesting experience.  I have always looked forward to the start of a new semester; the opportunity to take new classes, study new material, learn new things.  Ah, the simple joys of being a nerd. This also means that I will have, in the … Continue reading Just a note about schedule

Testing, testing. One, Two, Three: My Thoughts on Tests and School

I wrote last about a High School graduation speech that outlined a lot of the problems with the current educational system in America.  There were some very great comments and there is a whole lot more about the state of public schools that I want to say, since I have a few thoughts on the … Continue reading Testing, testing. One, Two, Three: My Thoughts on Tests and School