An archived stack of papers: 'to-do'

Was This A Good Or Bad Year?

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Jun
  • 04
  • 2011

I don’t know where you are in the school year, but we finished a week ago. There are a ton of other things going on in life right now, so I haven’t even started processing how the year went. A big part that I certainly did not like about this past year is that I rarely reflected on classroom experiences here, on this blog. That could be a strong reason why my first impression of this past... read more

Summer To-Do

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Jul
  • 01
  • 2007

Ah Dan, your invitation was merely postponed, not forgotten. Making public such lists is something I’m very much into. Here goes.

This summer, I want to:

Run an average of 1 mile each day (so far so good with 30 miles run in the month of June); Write at least the beginnings of 2 short stories; Record the CD... read more

Passion Is Contagious

In a stack of papers called Instruction.

  • Jun
  • 11
  • 2006

I’m headed out to Japan again. This time, I’ll be with folks from my school; last time, I was with a group from another school where a friend works. Now that I think about it, my two friends who teach Japanese have more than the language in common.

Both Japanese teachers that I’ve gone on this trip with are... read more

Looking Back At Winter Break

In a stack of papers called Unorganized.

  • Feb
  • 26
  • 2006

And now it’s over.

On the verge of returning to work, this Sunday evening is spent in quiet reflection… and frantic scrambling to gather plans underneath me in anticipation of the week. The grade period ends on Friday and I simply must grade at least one more set of essays and collect all of the work we’ve completed in class. Here’s what I’ve done:

During... read more

Beginning Winter Break

In a stack of papers called Personal.

  • Feb
  • 17
  • 2006

Before vacation, do you ever take a look at what you expect your students to do and compare that to what you expect yourself to do? Do you ever do that after the break? I suspect that most of us would find the expectations severly out of balance. Rarely do I finish everything I plan to during vacations. Of course, rarely do I assign homework during vacations.

I thought it fitting to... read more