Sages and Lunatics: Teacher as Identity

This is the first post in a series reflecting on John Spencer's Sages and Lunatics. A report came out in early May with data showing college students saw teaching as one of the easiest majors to follow and said that teaching was the top profession for "average" people. In the wake of the report, thereRead More

Heroes and Villains

We have a saying in the science department here: students lack mental stamina. They are faced with problems, and instead of working together to find an answer, they give up entirely. "This is too hard" and "I don't know, so I'm not going to do it" are frequent responses when I assign something that requiresRead More

Can We Re-Purpose Punishment?

I began thinking about punishment when I was notified yesterday that one of my students would need some work to do as he served in school suspension for two days.  I quickly grabbed an article, wrote down some questions and prompts for him and walked down to the ISS room. I'm assuming most ISS roomsRead More