High School Teacher’s Blog

When You Can’t Read, Maybe You Can Listen

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

Reading is essential for expanding knowledge, but it requires dedicated time that can be hard to set aside. Audio recordings give us opportunities to learn while we do other things, such as drivin... Read More

Four Classic Books for a Teacher’s Summer

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

As your school year ends, it’s a good time to think about how you can grow in preparation for next year. Reading, of course, is a valuable catalyst for growth. Last year, I wrote a post on summer re... Read More

Am I Mr. Fix-It?

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

I hadn’t been teaching very long when I noticed that my students had lots of problems, bad problems. I’ve seen them deal with abuse, mental illness, chronic poor health, church strife, broken fa... Read More

Lean Manufacturing: A Philosophy for Teachers?

Contributor: John Mark Kuhns | File type : Blog Post

Last summer, I had the privilege of working at my father’s business just as he was starting to put significant effort into implementing an approach called “lean manufacturing.” As its name sug... Read More

Caring about Apathy

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

Over on the forums, Jane Bauman asks a question that surely vexes us all: “What are ways to help older (fully capable) students want to reach their full potential instead of trying to get by wit... Read More

Use Pretty Pictures!

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

There’s Johnny again, browsing through Chapter 14 during your class discussion of Chapter 9. He is not reading the words; he is looking at the pictures. No Johnny anywhere has ever idly flipped thro... Read More

The Cape of Good Hope and Cookie-Baking Grandmas

Contributor: Kendall Myers | File type : Blog Post

In their attempt to find new trade routes to Southeast Asia, Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 15th century worked tirelessly to figure out what it would take to sail down around the southern ti... Read More

Why I Teach

Contributor: John Mark Kuhns | File type : Blog Post

In the middle of the school year, it can be good for us to step back and think about why we teach.Early in my teaching career, a friend asked me why I teach. I described the feeling of satisfa... Read More

How the Textbook Knows

Contributor: Peter Goertzen | File type : Blog Post

I once climbed Mt. St. Helens to the rim of its crater. The picture above, taken from the rim that day, should give you an idea of what an exhilarating experience it was. You could print this pict... Read More

“Thank You, Ma’am”

Contributor: Kendall Myers | File type : Blog Post

Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones is the unforgettable character from  Langston Hughes’s short story “Thank You, Ma’am.”  She is unforgettable to the fourteen-year-old boy who tries to ... Read More